MR Alistair Legione

MR Alistair Legione


  • Viral and bacterial genomics
  • Wildlife disease surveillance



  • I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, and have been at the University of Melbourne as a student or staff member since 2005. I undertook a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Microbiology (2005 - 2008), followed by a Master of Science in Zoology (2009-2010), in collaboration with the Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory. This project focused on Mycobacterium ulcerans in common brushtail and ringtail possums. I then moved to the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences and worked for three years as a research assistant looking at a vaccine candidate for ILTV (2010-2014), after which I started a PhD investigating Chlamydia and retrovirus in Victorian koalas (2014-2017).

    At the end of 2017, I began a post-doctoral research project, investigating viral infections in Victorian wild birds through long read sequencing.

    I'm interested in the prevalence and the genomics of bacterial and viral diseases in wildlife, including pathogens known to have a severe impact on human health. I'm also interested in general surveillance and discovery of potential pathogens in wildlife and livestock.

    Find me on other websites

    Asia Pacific Centre for Animal Health


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Member of

  • The Australian Society for Microbiology. Member 2018 -
  • Wildlife Diseases Association. Member 2015 -
  • Wildlife Diseases Association - Australasian Section. Member 2015 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2018
  • SCTGR, University of Melbourne 2015
  • MSc, University of Melbourne 2010
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 2009

Awards and honors

  • Victorian Fellowship, 2018
  • Sue Newton Travel Scholarship, 2016