School of Public Health and Community Medicine

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The Infectious Disease Research Group brings together advanced expertise in clinical and epidemiological research, disease and economic modelling, data linkage and social science to infectious disease research. We bring together a group of experts from diverse backgrounds including public health, general practice, internal medicine, infectious disease epidemiology, mathematics, sociology, psychology, and medical science.


 

Professor Raina MacIntyre
Head of School, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Professor MacIntyre is an international leader in infectious diseases epidemiology and involved in numerous influenza and respiratory virus research studies that directly inform national and international policy and practice in communicable disease control. She is an international pioneer in clinical face mask research, particularly in healthcare workers, but also in the community, and has a research interest in adult and elderly vaccination. She has also undertaken groundbreaking work on the transmission of tuberculosis in closed environments such as prisons. She runs a highly strategic research program spanning epidemiology, mathematical modelling, health economics, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases. Currently, she leads a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Population Health on Immunisation in under studied and special risk populations.

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Professor Mary-Louise McLaws
Professor of Epidemiology, Healthcare Infection and Infectious Disease Control

Patient safety and healthcare worker safety with emphasis on the epidemiology of healthcare associated infection (HAI) and occupational acquisition of infection. Specific interests include surveillance of HAIs, clinical practice improvement to prevent HAIs with specific focus on intensive care practice, disaster management for the prevention of infection in survivors and infectious diseases outbreak from the community into the healthcare facility. Expertise in low resourced healthcare settings in Southeast Asia.

 

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Professor Nick Zwar
Professor of General Practice

Chronic disease management in general practice and primary health care, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, intervention on risk factors for chronic disease in particular smoking cessation programs; health promotion in primary care; quality use of medicines, immunisation, travel medicine.

 
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Professor Juliet Richters
Professor

Associate Professor Richters' research, both quantitative and qualitative, centres on the analysis of social (especially sexual) practice. It includes both representative-sample survey research and in-depth qualitative studies, with a focus on the relation between social interaction and material context. Topics include STI prevention, contraception, condoms and condom use, and sexuality and sexual practice.

 

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Professor Heather Worth
Head International Program, Professor

Social impact, globalisation, politics of HIV, sexuality and gender and socio-economic well-being, development and HIV, social theory, and qualitative research.

 

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Associate Professor Anthony Newall
Associate Professor (Health Economics) 

Dr Anthony Newall is an Associate Professor in Health Economics at SPHCM. His main research area is the economic evaluation of infectious disease prevention strategies, as well as the mathematical modelling and statistical analyses that inform these evaluations. He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications on a range of vaccine preventable diseases, including the epidemiology and cost-effectiveness of prevention strategies for influenza (seasonal and pandemic), pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, and human papillomavirus. He has been appointed to the World Health Organization (WHO) Roster of Experts in the area of Health Economics by the Director-General of the WHO.

 

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Associate Professor Bette Liu
NHMRC Career Development Award Fellow 

Bette Liu is a medically trained epidemiologist who specialises in large scale cohort and record linkage studies. She has worked in Australia in clinical medicine and as a Public Health Medical Officer. She completed her DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford. She has played significant roles in the development of large scale prospective studies both in Australia and overseas. The main focus of her work has been to identify potential public health prevention strategies for common diseases through the use of observational study designs with a particular focus on infectious diseases in adults and their longer term sequelae.

 

Bette Liu

 

Dr Anita Heywood
Senior Lecturer

Dr Heywood is an infectious disease epidemiologist and lecturer at the School. Her current research focuses on vaccine uptake and risk perception in at-risk groups, particularly travellers and migrant Australians. Her additional research interests include the analysis of routine surveillance data to evaluate vaccine programs and evidence-based vaccination policy and practice.

 

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Dr Patrick Rawstorne
Senior Lecturer, International Health

Behavioural surveillance surveys; survey based research; quantitative methods; data analysis; respondent driven sampling (RDS); the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs); mental health and HIV; capacity development training in research methods.

 

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Dr Holly Seale
Senior Lecturer

Dr Seale has conducted behavioural research regarding infectious diseases and infection control. Recently, her work has focused on healthcare professional’s perceptions and behaviours regarding infectious diseases, particularly VPDs and examining new strategies for infection control using pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical measures. Her published studies have concerned communicable disease surveillance, social research, clinical trial outcomes, risk communication, immunisation coverage in at-risk groups, and the evaluation of education tools using qualitative and quantitative methods.

 

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Dr Niamh Stephenson
Senior Lecturer

Dr Stephenson is a medical sociologist. One strand of her research focuses on the social and political dimensions of infectious disease. She is currently researching the relationship between infectious disease and “security”. This involves working on a book about the role that the global response to HIV is playing in transforming international/global health (with E. Prof. Susan Kippax). It also involves a current ARC funded project on Australian pandemic influenza preparedness efforts. Niamh has devoted much of her career to developing techniques for undertaking theoretical informed qualitative analysis, the second strand of her research. This work is key to her second current ARC project examining how the use of ultrasound technologies during pregnancy is changing people’s ideas about “life”. Her recent publications include two books (Analysing Everyday Experience: Social Research and Political Change, Palgrave and Escape Routes: Control and Subversion in the 21st Century, Pluto) as well as journal articles in: American Journal of Public Health; Science, Technology & Human Values; and Social Science & Medicine.

 

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Dr James Wood
Senior Lecturer

Dr Wood uses mathematical and statistical models to answer questions in infectious disease control. Analysis of vaccine programs, the dynamics of long-term immunity and the epidemiology of tuberculosis are his major research interests at present. In methodological terms he is interested in analysis and presentation of uncertainty in models, methods for model validation and the value of more structured (demographic) models in predictive studies.

 

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Dr David Muscatello
Senior Lecturer

Dr David Muscatello is a Senior Lecturer in infectious diseases epidemiology. He has a PhD in the epidemiology of influenza. He also has many years experience in government as an epidemiologist specialising in acute disease surveillance using administrative databases, public health intelligence and biostatistics including time series analysis. He played a major surveillance role in the New South Wales government response to pandemic influenza in 2009 and has served on the Australian National Influenza Surveillance Committee. David is also a graduate of the New South Wales Public Health Officer Training Program and has supervised and trained numerous Public Health Officer and Biostatistical trainees. He is particularly interested in the use of time series analysis for estimating mortality and morbidity from infectious and other diseases and for assessing the impact of health policies on populations.

 

Dr David Muscatello

 

Dr Alex Rosewell
Senior Lecturer

Alex is a graduate of the Australian Field Epidemiology Training program, the MAE at ANU, and completed his PhD on "Strengthening Disease Surveillance in Papua New Guinea" at UNSW, while working in the Emerging Diseases Surveillance and Response Team in WHO. He has extensive experience in infectious diseases outbreak control including enteric, vector borne, vaccine preventable and other diseases. He has field experience with WHO within AMRO, AFRO, EMRO, WPRO and SEARO. He is currently the administrator of the ARM network for Australian outbreak response www.arm.org.au and the UNSW focal person for the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN),and is actively involved in outbreak response and risk assessment through GOARN.

 

Dr Alex Rosewell

 

Dr Mohamud Sheikh
Senior Lecturer

Dr Mohamud Sheikh is a Senior Lecturer in International Health, Tropical and Infectious Diseases. In his nearly 25 years of experience in Tropical and Infectious diseases control in international settings, he has conducted various public health works internationally in developing and developed countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Middle East and Australia respectively. During his overseas work, Mohamud has been involved in the epidemiology and control of tropical diseases particularly vector-borne and other communicable diseases with a focus on aspects of field public health anthropology, medical entomology, laboratory surveillance, outbreak investigations of infectious diseases, and refugee health. He has contributed to the field of humanitarian and philanthropic work and has recently launched his lifetime dream project –“Eradication of Preventable Blindness in Africa” – a remarkable humanitarian mission.

 

Dr Mohamud Sheikh

 

Dr Heather Gidding
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Gidding is an infectious diseases epidemiologist and biostatistician. Her main areas of interest include the use of routinely collected data for epidemiological research, in particular using data linkage methods, and longitudinal data analysis techniques. Heather completed her PhD on hepatitis C associated morbidity and treatment in 2011 while working at the Kirby Institute, where she was the study coordinator for the Australian Chronic Hepatitis C Observational Study. In early 2012, she joined the newly established Centre for Research Excellence in Immunisation.

 

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Dr Angela Kelly
Senior Research Fellow (PNG IMR Based), PhD Anthropology and Sociology

Social impact of HIV, mental health and HIV; community responses to HIV; rollout of ART; development and HIV; socio-cultural acceptability of biomedicine; gender; religion; sex work; sexual and reproductive health; HPV and cervical cancer; mixed method research; training and social research capacity building. Speaks Tok Pisin.

 

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Dr Rob Menzies
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Rob Menzies is an infectious disease epidemiologist specialising in immunisation and the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He is a Chief Investigator in the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence on Immunisation in Understudied and Special Risk Populations, based at UNSW. He has led evaluations of vaccines introduced onto the National Immunisation Program, and major national surveillance reports on vaccine preventable diseases, adverse events following immunisation and vaccination coverage. His research interests are in developing immunisation policy and improving health service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other marginalised groups, in Australia and overseas. In parallel, he pursues the use of new technologies and harnessing existing datasets to achieve these aims.

 

Dr Rob Menzies

 

Dr Abrar Chughtai
Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr Abrar Chughtai is a public health practitioner and epidemiologist with 15 year track record of infectious disease control and research at national and international levels. His professional training is in Medicine, with academic training (MPH and PhD) from the University of New South Wales. He has been working for World Health Organization (WHO) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for more than seven years. He has extensive experience of Public Health Programs, particularly Tuberculosis Control in developing countries. His main areas of interest include influenza, emerging infectious diseases, vaccine preventable diseases and personal protective equipment.

 

Dr Abrar Chugtai

 

Dr Zoie Wilkins-Wong
Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Zoie is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Her research focuses on infectious disease modeling, healthcare workflow simulation, health informatics and patient safety informatics. Prior to joining UNSW, Zoie worked at the Centre for Systems Informatics Engineering (CSIE) at the City University of Hong Kong as Senior Manager (Research and Operation). She was also the recipient of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI) at University of Tokyo in 2011. She has wide-ranging experience in developing statistical models (such as regression and "black box" models) and stochastic simulation models (such as SEIR model) for infectious disease applications. She has participated in various public health and health services projects using the state-of-the-art data mining, predictive modeling, simulation, biostatistics, text mining and classification methods. She has been working on cross-disciplinary collaborative public health research and is currently serving as co-investigator for some overseas funded projects on infectious disease modelling and healthcare innovation.

 

Dr Zoie Wilkins-Wong

 

Dr Surendra Karki
Research Fellow

Surendra Karki is an epidemiologist with academic qualifications in Epidemiology, Public Health, Microbiology and Vaccinology. He completed PhD in Epidemiology from Monash University, Australia. Currently, he works in vaccine preventable diseases in adults using data-linked between the 45 and Up study and number of other large administrative healthcare data collected in New South Wales, Australia.

 

Dr Surendra Karki

 

Karen McMillan
Research Associate, Sociologist

Qualitative research methods; social theory; inequality, gender and sexuality; sex work; user experiences of treatment services; HIV and the Pacific.    Working with hard to reach communities, and in low resource settings. Training and social research capacity building.

 

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Mr Dillon Adam

Research Officer, ISER

Dillon is an early career infectious disease epidemiologist with academic qualifications in Biomedical Science, Microbiology and Public Health, providing research support for studies in epidemic intelligence and response. He received his BSc from the University of Queensland and his MPH from the University of Sydney. He is the current project manager for Epi-watch, an outbreak scanning and rapid analysis observatory within the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response. Prior to joining UNSW, Dillon worked at the Western Sydney Centre for Population Health where he conducted infectious disease surveillance and research, with a particular focus of sexually transmissible infections.

 

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Mr Srinivasa Rao 

Research Officer, ISER

Srinivasa worked in the ICT Industry in various roles such as a programmer, senior programmer, analyst, team lead etc for over a decade in India, the UK and the USA. He currently calls himself a Computer Scientist and is a part-time PhD candidate at the Mathematical Sciences Institute, Australian National University, Canberra. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Bangalore University, India and a Master’s degree in Information Security from RMIT, Melbourne. While his primary interests are in Algorithms, Elementary Number Theory and Popular Mathematics, he has recently developed an interest in the evolving discipline of Data Science and will look to utilise Data Science in predicting outbreaks.

 

Srinivasa Rao

 

Ms Valentina Costantino

Research Officer (mathematical modelling)

Valentina is a mathematician who has completed a MPhil in modelling of varicella-zoster virus. She will be working on modelling of infectious diseases.

 
 

Elizabeth Kpozehouen
Research Associate, management of the Centres for Research Excellence. 

Elizabeth has experience in management of NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence . Her research interests are in areas of  Immunisation in under-studied and special risk populations and Epidemiology. Elizabeth is a medical doctor trained in China; she has completed Master of Public Health and Master of Health Management programs at UNSW.

 
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Aye Moa
Research Assistant

Phd candidate and research assistant Involved in studies focusing on influenza and respiratory virus research. Research Assistant to Prof Raina MacIntyre, providing grant writing support.

 

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Dr Chau Bui
Research Assistant

Dr Chau Bui is a veterinarian, (Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney), with a Masters of International Public Health from the University of New South Wales. She is a research assistant and PhD candidate studying the epidemiology of avian influenza viruses in birds and humans using spatial modelling methods. Research interests include zoonotic emerging infectious diseases, spatial epidemiology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

 

Dr Chau Bui

 

Xin (Jessie) Chen
Research Assistant

Xin Chen is a PhD candidate studying the advanced analytical methods for complex outbreaks investigation, which will be engaged within an internationally connected NHMRC CRE for epidemic response. She  completed the Master of Public Health (specialisation in infectious diseases control) from UNSW and Master of Clinical Medicine (Dermatology & STDs) from China. She is also a research assistant with Professor Raina MacIntyre and working with the Epi-watch team.

 

Xin (Jessie) Chen

 

Nina Mili
Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant to Prof Raina MacIntyre providing administrative support for Head of School activities.

 

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Christina Rofe
Project Manager

Administrative support to the International HIV Research group. Secretariat for Medical and Community Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel. 

 

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