Assistant Professor Danielle Anderson
In January 2020, Asst Prof Anderson and her team isolated SARS-CoV-2 from a clinical sample from one of the first COVID-19 patients in Singapore. From this, she helped to develop a test kit for COVID-19, which has vitally assisted the Singapore authorities with its contact tracing efforts.
Dr Anderson’s research interests include understanding the virus/host relationship of a diverse group of medically important negative-stranded RNA viruses that includes Measles virus, Mumps virus and Nipah virus. These paramyxoviruses are not only responsible for a high degree of morbidity and mortality worldwide but also cause encephalitis. In addition, Dr Anderson utilises novel diagnostic platforms for the identification of not only new paramyxoviruses, but also other clinically relevant emerging infectious diseases, such as MERS and Zika virus.
She has participated in Asia Research News's Focus On: Virology & Public Health - a resource for journalists to find stories and sources.
In the media:
- FAQ: Wuhan coronavirus and its outbreak - Channel News Asia, Feb. 1, 2020
- How to beat the coronavirus? Re-creating it in Singapore, Australia is vital first step - South China Morning Post, Feb. 3, 2020
- Singapore scientists culture coronavirus from patient - Biospectrum, Feb. 4, 2020
- COVID-19 test kit developed at Duke-NUS Medical School - Yahoo! News, Feb. 25, 2020
- Scientist speaks out about coronavirus origin: exclusive - NBC Nightly News, Feb. 27, 2020
- Singapore claims first use of antibody test to track coronavirus infections - Science, Feb. 27, 2020
- Going cold on hotpot: Virus-hit China curbs communal eating - Al Jazeera, March 5, 2020
- To start reopening shuttered nations, we need this blood test - National Geographic, April 16, 2020
- Duke-NUS Communications:
- COVID-19 Update - March 24, 2020