Dr Alberto   Ospina Stella
Research Officer

Dr Alberto Ospina Stella

PhD (molecular virology), M.Sc. (molecular medicine), B.Sc. (molecular biotechnology).

Medicine & Health
The Kirby Institute

Alberto obtained a B.Sc in molecular biotechnology (2012) and a M.Sc. in molecular medicine (2014) from top-rated universities in Germany.  He then completed his PhD at UNSW (2019) and continued his work as postdoctoral research scientist at the Kirby Institute, working on HIV host-pathogen interactions and gene therapy cure approaches for HIV infection.  Since March 2020 (first COVID-19 wave in Australia), Alberto was recruited to work full-time on SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus) research, as part of our institute’s rapid response strategy to the pandemic.

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Walker GJ; Naing Z; Stella AO; Yeang M; Caguicla J; Ramachandran V; Isaacs SR; Agapiou D; Bull RA; Stelzer-Braid S; Daly J; Gosbell IB; Hoad VC; Irving DO; Pink JM; Turville S; Kelleher AD; Rawlinson WD, 2021, 'Sars coronavirus-2 microneutralisation and commercial serological assays correlated closely for some but not all enzyme immunoassays', Viruses, vol. 13, pp. 247 - 247, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/v13020247
    Journal articles | 2021
    Abayasingam A; Balachandran H; Agapiou D; Hammoud M; Rodrigo C; Keoshkerian E; Li H; Brasher NA; Christ D; Rouet R; Burnet D; Grubor-Bauk B; Rawlinson W; Turville S; Aggarwal A; Stella AO; Fichter C; Brilot F; Mina M; Post JJ; Hudson B; Gilroy N; Dwyer D; Sasson SC; Tea F; Pilli D; Kelleher A; Tedla N; Lloyd AR; Martinello M; Bull RA, 2021, 'Long-term persistence of RBD+ memory B cells encoding neutralizing antibodies in SARS-CoV-2 infection', Cell Reports Medicine, vol. 2, pp. 100228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrm.2021.100228
    Journal articles | 2021
    Tea F; Stella AO; Aggarwal A; Darley DR; Pilli D; Vitale D; Merheb V; Lee FXZ; Cunningham P; Walker GJ; Fichter C; Brown DA; Rawlinson WD; Isaacs SR; Mathivanan V; Hoffmann M; Pöhlman S; Mazigi O; Christ D; Rockett RJ; Sintchenko V; Hoad VC; Irving DO; Dore GJ; Gosbell IB; Kelleher AD; Matthews GV; Brilot F; Turville SG, 2021, 'SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies: Longevity, breadth, and evasion by emerging viral variants', PLoS Medicine, vol. 18, pp. e1003656, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003656
    Journal articles | 2020
    Van Bockel D; Munier CML; Turville S; Badman SG; Walker G; Stella AO; Aggarwal A; Yeang M; Condylios A; Kelleher AD; Applegate TL; Vallely A; Whiley D; Rawlinson W; Cunningham P; Kaldor J; Guy R, 2020, 'Evaluation of commercially available viral transport medium (VTM) for SARS-CoV-2 inactivation and use in point-of-care (POC) testing', Viruses, vol. 12, pp. 1208 - 1208, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/v12111208
    Journal articles | 2020
    Stelzer-Braid S; Walker GJ; Aggarwal A; Isaacs SR; Yeang M; Naing Z; Ospina Stella A; Turville SG; Rawlinson WD, 2020, 'Virus isolation of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) for diagnostic and research purposes', Pathology, vol. 52, pp. 760 - 763, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pathol.2020.09.012
    Journal articles | 2020
    Walker GJ; Clifford V; Bansal N; Stella AO; Turville S; Stelzer-Braid S; Klein LD; Rawlinson W, 2020, 'SARS-CoV-2 in human milk is inactivated by Holder pasteurisation but not cold storage', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 56, pp. 1872 - 1874, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.15065
    Journal articles | 2020
    Walker G; Naing Z; Stella AO; Yeang M; Caguicla J; Ramachandran V; Isaacs S; Agapiou D; Bull R; Stelzer-Braid S; Daly J; Gosbell I; Hoad V; Irving D; Pink J; Turville S; Kelleher A; Rawlinson W, 2020, 'SARS Coronavirus-2 microneutralisation and commercial serological assays correlated closely for some but not all enzyme immunoassays', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.12.07.20245696
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hu W; Cai Y; Zhu Y; Li F; Stella AO; Tebas P; Mounzer K; Kostman J; Turville S; Montaner L, 2019, 'Cleaving HIV-1 provirus from ART-suppressed patient-derived resting CD4 T Cells using Cpf1/crRNA-array ribonucleotide protein packaged by CD4-targeting lentivirus-like particle', Journal of Virus Eradication, vol. 5, pp. 55 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s2055-6640(20)30221-1
    Journal articles | 2018
    Stella AO; Turville S, 2018, 'All-round manipulation of the actin cytoskeleton by HIV', Viruses, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/v10020063
    Journal articles | 2014
    Kaspar D; Auer F; Schardt J; Schindele F; Ospina A; Held C; Ehrenreich A; Scherer S; Mueller-Herbst S, 2014, 'Temperature- and nitrogen source-dependent regulation of GlnR target genes in Listeria monocytogenes', FEMS MICROBIOLOGY LETTERS, vol. 355, pp. 131 - 141, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1574-6968.12458
    Journal articles |
    Walker GJ; Clifford V; Bansal N; Stella AO; Turville S; Stelzer-Braid S; Klein LD; Rawlinson W, 'SARS-CoV-2 in human milk is inactivated by Holder pasteurization but not cold storage', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.18.20134395
    Journal articles |
    Aggarwal A; Ospina Stella A; Henry C; Narayan K; Turville SG, 'HIV corruption of the Arp2/3-Cdc42-IQGAP1 axis to hijack cortical F-Actin to promote cell-cell viral spread', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2019.12.13.873612
    Journal articles |
    Tea F; Stella AO; Aggarwal A; Darley DR; Pilli D; Vitale D; Merheb V; Lee FXZ; Cunningham P; Walker GJ; Brown DA; Rawlinson WD; Isaacs SR; Mathivanan V; Hoffman M; Pöhlmann S; Dwyer DE; Rockett R; Sintchenko V; Hoad VC; Irving DO; Dore GJ; Gosbell IB; Kelleher AD; Matthews GV; Brilot F; Turville SG, 'SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies; longevity, breadth, and evasion by emerging viral variants', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.12.19.20248567
    Journal articles | 2021
    Estcourt LJ; Turgeon AF; McQuilten ZK; McVerry BJ; Al-Beidh F; Annane D; Arabi YM; Arnold DM; Beane A; Bégin P; Van Bentum-Puijk W; Berry LR; Bhimani Z; Birchall JE; Bonten MJM; Bradbury CA; Brunkhorst FM; Buxton M; Callum JL; Chassé M; Cheng AC; Cove ME; Daly J; Derde L; Detry MA; De Jong M; Evans A; Fergusson DA; Fish M; Fitzgerald M; Foley C; Goossens H; Gordon AC; Gosbell IB; Green C; Haniffa R; Harvala H; Higgins AM; Hills TE; Hoad VC; Horvat C; Huang DT; Hudson CL; Ichihara N; Laing E; Lamikanra AA; Lamontagne F; Lawler PR; Linstrum K; Litton E; Lorenzi E; Maclennan S; Marshall J; McAuley DF; McDyer JF; McGlothlin A; McGuinness S; Miflin G; Montgomery S; Mouncey PR; Murthy S; Nichol A; Parke R; Parker JC; Priddee N; Purcell DFJ; Reyes LF; Richardson P; Robitaille N; Rowan KM; Rynne J; Saito H; Santos M; Saunders CT; Serpa Neto A; Seymour CW; Silversides JA; Tinmouth AA; Triulzi DJ; Turner AM; Van De Veerdonk F; Walsh TS; Wood EM; Berry S; Lewis RJ; Menon DK; McArthur C; Zarychanski R; Angus DC; Webb SA; Roberts DJ; Shankar-Hari M, 2021, 'Effect of Convalescent Plasma on Organ Support-Free Days in Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19: A Randomized Clinical Trial', JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.2021.18178
    Journal articles | 2021
    Li L; Honda-Okubo Y; Huang Y; Jang H; Carlock MA; Baldwin J; Piplani S; Bebin-Blackwell AG; Forgacs D; Sakamoto K; Stella A; Turville S; Chataway T; Colella A; Triccas J; Ross TM; Petrovsky N, 2021, 'Immunisation of ferrets and mice with recombinant SARS-CoV-2 spike protein formulated with Advax-SM adjuvant protects against COVID-19 infection', Vaccine, vol. 39, pp. 5940 - 5953, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.07.087
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Estcourt LJ; Turgeon AF; McQuilten ZK; McVerry BJ; Al-Beidh F; Annane D; Arabi YM; Arnold DM; Beane A; Bégin P; Van Bentum-Puijk W; Berry LR; Bhimani Z; Birchall JE; Bonten MJM; Bradbury CA; Brunkhorst FM; Buxton M; Callum JL; Chassé M; Cheng AC; Cove ME; Daly J; Derde L; Detry MA; De Jong M; Evans A; Fergusson DA; Fish M; Fitzgerald M; Foley C; Goossens H; Gordon AC; Gosbell IB; Green C; Haniffa R; Harvala H; Higgins AM; Hills TE; Hoad VC; Horvat C; Huang DT; Hudson CL; Ichihara N; Laing E; Lamikanra AA; Lamontagne F; Lawler PR; Linstrum K; Litton E; Lorenzi E; Maclennan S; Marshall J; McAuley DF; McDyer JF; McGlothlin A; McGuinness S; Miflin G; Montgomery S; Mouncey PR; Murthy S; Nichol A; Parke R; Parker JC; Priddee N; Purcell DFJ; Reyes LF; Richardson P; Robitaille N; Rowan KM; Rynne J; Saito H; Santos M; Saunders CT; Serpa Neto A; Seymour CW; Silversides JA; Tinmouth AA; Triulzi DJ; Turner AM; Van De Veerdonk F; Walsh TS; Wood EM; Berry S; Lewis RJ; Menon DK; McArthur C; Zarychanski R; Angus DC; Webb SA; Roberts DJ; Shankar-Hari M, 2021, 'Effect of Convalescent Plasma on Organ Support-Free Days in Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19: A Randomized Clinical Trial', JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 326, pp. 1690 - 1702, http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.2021.18178
    Journal articles | 2021
    Abayasingam A; Balachandran H; Agapiou D; Hammoud M; Rodrigo C; Keoshkerian E; Li H; Brasher NA; Christ D; Rouet R; Burnet D; Grubor-Bauk B; Rawlinson W; Turville S; Aggarwal A; Stella AO; Fichter C; Brilot F; Mina M; Post JJ; Hudson B; Gilroy N; Dwyer D; Sasson SC; Tea F; Pilli D; Kelleher A; Tedla N; Lloyd AR; Martinello M; Bull RA, 2021, 'Long-term persistence of RBD+ memory B cells encoding neutralizing antibodies in SARS-CoV-2 infection', Cell Reports Medicine, vol. 2, pp. 100228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrm.2021.100228
    Journal articles | 2021
    Tea F; Stella AO; Aggarwal A; Darley DR; Pilli D; Vitale D; Merheb V; Lee FXZ; Cunningham P; Walker GJ; Fichter C; Brown DA; Rawlinson WD; Isaacs SR; Mathivanan V; Hoffmann M; Pöhlman S; Mazigi O; Christ D; Rockett RJ; Sintchenko V; Hoad VC; Irving DO; Dore GJ; Gosbell IB; Kelleher AD; Matthews GV; Brilot F; Turville SG, 2021, 'SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies: Longevity, breadth, and evasion by emerging viral variants', PLoS Medicine, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003656
    Journal articles | 2021
    Walker GJ; Naing Z; Stella AO; Yeang M; Caguicla J; Ramachandran V; Isaacs SR; Agapiou D; Bull RA; Stelzer-Braid S; Daly J; Gosbell IB; Hoad VC; Irving DO; Pink JM; Turville S; Kelleher AD; Rawlinson WD, 2021, 'Sars coronavirus-2 microneutralisation and commercial serological assays correlated closely for some but not all enzyme immunoassays', Viruses, vol. 13, pp. 247 - 247, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/v13020247
    Journal articles | 2021
    Li L; Honda-Okubo Y; Huang Y; Jang H; Carlock MA; Baldwin J; Piplani S; Bebin-Blackwell AG; Forgacs D; Sakamoto K; Stella A; Turville S; Chataway T; Colella A; Triccas J; Ross TM; Petrovsky N, 2021, 'Immunisation of ferrets and mice with recombinant SARS-CoV-2 spike protein formulated with Advax-SM adjuvant protects against COVID-19 infection', Vaccine, vol. 39, pp. 5940 - 5953, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.07.087
    Journal articles | 2020
    Van Bockel D; Munier CML; Turville S; Badman SG; Walker G; Stella AO; Aggarwal A; Yeang M; Condylios A; Kelleher AD; Applegate TL; Vallely A; Whiley D; Rawlinson W; Cunningham P; Kaldor J; Guy R, 2020, 'Evaluation of commercially available viral transport medium (VTM) for SARS-CoV-2 inactivation and use in point-of-care (POC) testing', Viruses, vol. 12, pp. 1208 - 1208, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/v12111208
    Journal articles | 2020
    Stelzer-Braid S; Walker GJ; Aggarwal A; Isaacs SR; Yeang M; Naing Z; Ospina Stella A; Turville SG; Rawlinson WD, 2020, 'Virus isolation of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) for diagnostic and research purposes', Pathology, vol. 52, pp. 760 - 763, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pathol.2020.09.012
    Journal articles | 2020
    Walker GJ; Clifford V; Bansal N; Stella AO; Turville S; Stelzer-Braid S; Klein LD; Rawlinson W, 2020, 'SARS-CoV-2 in human milk is inactivated by Holder pasteurisation but not cold storage', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 56, pp. 1872 - 1874, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.15065
    Journal articles | 2020
    Walker G; Naing Z; Stella AO; Yeang M; Caguicla J; Ramachandran V; Isaacs S; Agapiou D; Bull R; Stelzer-Braid S; Daly J; Gosbell I; Hoad V; Irving D; Pink J; Turville S; Kelleher A; Rawlinson W, 2020, 'SARS Coronavirus-2 microneutralisation and commercial serological assays correlated closely for some but not all enzyme immunoassays', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.12.07.20245696
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hu W; Cai Y; Zhu Y; Li F; Stella AO; Tebas P; Mounzer K; Kostman J; Turville S; Montaner L, 2019, 'Cleaving HIV-1 provirus from ART-suppressed patient-derived resting CD4 T Cells using Cpf1/crRNA-array ribonucleotide protein packaged by CD4-targeting lentivirus-like particle', Journal of Virus Eradication, vol. 5, pp. 55 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s2055-6640(20)30221-1
    Journal articles | 2018
    Stella AO; Turville S, 2018, 'All-round manipulation of the actin cytoskeleton by HIV', Viruses, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/v10020063
    Journal articles | 2014
    Kaspar D; Auer F; Schardt J; Schindele F; Ospina A; Held C; Ehrenreich A; Scherer S; Mueller-Herbst S, 2014, 'Temperature- and nitrogen source-dependent regulation of GlnR target genes in Listeria monocytogenes', FEMS MICROBIOLOGY LETTERS, vol. 355, pp. 131 - 141, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1574-6968.12458
    Journal articles |
    Tea F; Stella AO; Aggarwal A; Darley DR; Pilli D; Vitale D; Merheb V; Lee FXZ; Cunningham P; Walker GJ; Brown DA; Rawlinson WD; Isaacs SR; Mathivanan V; Hoffman M; Pöhlmann S; Dwyer DE; Rockett R; Sintchenko V; Hoad VC; Irving DO; Dore GJ; Gosbell IB; Kelleher AD; Matthews GV; Brilot F; Turville SG, 'SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies; longevity, breadth, and evasion by emerging viral variants', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.12.19.20248567
    Journal articles |
    Walker GJ; Clifford V; Bansal N; Stella AO; Turville S; Stelzer-Braid S; Klein LD; Rawlinson W, 'SARS-CoV-2 in human milk is inactivated by Holder pasteurization but not cold storage', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.18.20134395
    Journal articles |
    Aggarwal A; Ospina Stella A; Henry C; Narayan K; Turville SG, 'HIV corruption of the Arp2/3-Cdc42-IQGAP1 axis to hijack cortical F-Actin to promote cell-cell viral spread', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2019.12.13.873612

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 In early 2020, Alberto helped to establish novel coronavirus research in the Kirby Institute's PC3 high-containment laboratory.  Since then, he  continues to lead several important research efforts within this space, with the aim to unveil knowledge and tools that assist us in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of these projects include the identification of highly-neutralizing sera against SARS-CoV-2, characterization of the COVID-19 immune response over time, collaborative testing of samples from Australian vaccine candidates, antiviral drug screenings and identification of cellular host factors required for SARS-CoV-2 viral infection.