Western College of Veterinary Medicine


Dr. Arinjay Banerjee (PhD) completed his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan in 2018. His doctoral thesis was awarded the University’s Best Life Sciences thesis award and the Governor General’s Gold medal. Dr. Banerjee completed his postdoctoral training as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) fellow at McMaster University (2018-2021), during which he was also appointed as a Visiting Scientist at the University of Toronto to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. His research group at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) investigates emerging bat-borne zoonotic viruses, such as coronaviruses, along with deciphering the immunological consequences of infection in reservoir species (eg. bats) and spill over mammalian species (humans and agricultural animals). 

Research Interests

  • Zoonotic virus discovery and pathogenesis 
  • Virus-host interactions in reservoir and spill over species
  • Mechanisms of virus persistence
  • Discovering and harnessing novel antiviral responses