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Bryden Bird

Bryden Bird joined the Clinical Virology department at ESR as a Scientist in 2021.


Master of Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand.


Bryden Bird joined the Clinical Virology department at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) as a Scientist in 2021. Bryden’s primary research involves the surveillance of influenza circulating in New Zealand through the use of cell/viral culture and antigenic typing. This research helps to identify trends and understand the relationship between circulating Influenza strains, the seasonal influenza vaccines, and antiviral drugs. Bryden’s research involves many traditional virology methods such as cell culture, viral inoculation, and the reading of cytopathic effect (CPE), alongside serology work such as haemagglutinin inhibition assays and Microneutralisation assays. In 2022-23 as part of the Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (VAANZ) partnership Bryden carried out research on SARS-CoV-2 using these traditional virology methods in the physical containment level 3 (PC3) laboratory at Wallaceville Upper Hutt. Prior to joining ESR, Bryden obtained a Master of Science (MSc) in Biological Sciences at The University of Auckland in collaboration with Plant and Food Research. His project focused on viruses infecting tamarillo plants. Through this work Bryden gained experience in academic research and laboratory-based research. Bryden takes pride in working in a team that aims to solve real world problems and make a difference to the community and country.