Dr Bethany Horsburgh
Research Associate

Dr Bethany Horsburgh

BSc (Adv) (Hons), PhD (Medicine)

Medicine & Health
The Kirby Institute

Bethany is a Research Associate, working with Dr Francesca di Giallonardo and A/Prof Rowena Bull to develop and validate whole-genome sequencing methodologies for HIV and Hepatitis C as part of the H2Seq MRFF grant.

Bethany completed her Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with Honours in 2016 at the University of Sydney, majoring in Immunobiology and Biology. She then completed her PhD in 2020 at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research. Her studies focused on the use of single-copy assays and high-throughput sequencing to characterise full-length HIV genomes during suppressive antiretroviral therapy.

Post-PhD she worked as a research assistant, continuing to develop and utilise high-throughput sequencing to understand viral genomes. In 2021 her work assisted in the identification of a previously uncharacterised strain of Hendra virus.


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Level 5 Wallace Wurth Building
  • Book Chapters | 2018
    2018, 'Measuring HIV persistence on antiretroviral therapy', in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, pp. 265 - 284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0484-2_11
  • Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Statement in Support of: "Virology under the Microscope-a Call for Rational Discourse".', J Virol, pp. e0045123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jvi.00451-23
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Statement in Support of: "Virology under the Microscope-a Call for Rational Discourse".', mBio, pp. e0081523, http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/mbio.00815-23
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Statement in Support of: "Virology under the Microscope-a Call for Rational Discourse".', mSphere, pp. e0016523, http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/msphere.00165-23
    Journal articles | 2022
    Taylor J; Thompson K; Annand EJ; Massey PD; Bennett J; Eden JS; Horsburgh BA; Hodgson E; Wood K; Kerr J; Kirkland P; Finlaison D; Peel AJ; Eby P; Durrheim DN, 2022, 'Novel variant Hendra virus genotype 2 infection in a horse in the greater Newcastle region, New South Wales, Australia', One Health, 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.onehlt.2022.100423
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Cellular Activation, Differentiation, and Proliferation Influence the Dynamics of Genetically Intact Proviruses over Time', Journal of Infectious Diseases, 225, pp. 1168 - 1178, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiab291
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Novel Hendra Virus Variant Detected by Sentinel Surveillance of Horses in Australia', Emerging Infectious Diseases, 28, pp. 693 - 704, http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2803.211245
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Off-season RSV epidemics in Australia after easing of COVID-19 restrictions', Nature Communications, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-30485-3
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Potent monoclonal antibody–mediated neutralization of a divergent Hendra virus variant', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 119, pp. e2122769119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2122769119
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'The HIV-1 proviral landscape reveals that Nef contributes to HIV-1 persistence in effector memory CD4+ T cells', Journal of Clinical Investigation, 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1172/JCI154422
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'HIV-1 Genomes Are Enriched in Memory CD4+ T-Cells with Short Half-Lives', mBio, 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/mBio.02447-21
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'The spatial-temporal dynamics of respiratory syncytial virus infections across the east–west coasts of Australia during 2016–17', Virus Evolution, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ve/veab068
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'High levels of genetically intact HIV in HLA-DR+ memory T cells indicates their value for reservoir studies', AIDS, 34, pp. 659 - 668, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0000000000002465
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'For Viral Reservoir Studies, Timing Matters', Trends in Microbiology, 27, pp. 809 - 810, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2019.08.003
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'Amplification of near full-length HIV-1 proviruses for next-generation sequencing', Journal of Visualized Experiments, 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.3791/58016
    Journal articles | 2017
    2017, 'Identification of Genetically Intact HIV-1 Proviruses in Specific CD4+ T Cells from Effectively Treated Participants', Cell Reports, 21, pp. 813 - 822, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2017.09.081