Field of Research (FoR)
I am interested in the application of mathematical models to understanding infectious diseases from both a within host and a between host perspective. My research has included the application of models to understand both the host and vector response to malaria, population genetics of HIV and platelet kinetics. I...view more
I am interested in the application of mathematical models to understanding infectious diseases from both a within host and a between host perspective. My research has included the application of models to understand both the host and vector response to malaria, population genetics of HIV and platelet kinetics. I also have an interest in epidemiological modelling, and have investigated the spread of mumps, rotavirus and influenza.
My current projects involve modelling malaria infection (both within host and epidemiological modelling), assessing the cost-effectiveness of vaccination against influenza, evaluating mutation and recombination rates in HIV and modelling CMV growth rates.
Broad Research Areas:
Mathematical Biology and Modelling, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Executive Committee Member of the Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group of the Australian Mathematical Society.
Executive Committee Member of the Mathematical Biology Special Interest Group of the Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Society (ANZIAM).
Member of Australasian Society for Immunology, Society for Mathematical Biology, Australian Mathematical Society, Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Society, Australian Society of Parasitology
Awards and Prizes:
Australian Museum Eureka Prize Finalist (2016)
Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2015)
Aileen Plant Memorial Prize in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology (2015)
Vice Chancellor's Post Doctoral Research Fellowship (2010 - 2014)
Specific Research Keywords:
Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Modelling, Mathematics, Malaria, Theoretical Biology, HIV, CMV, Vaccination Policy, Influenza, Rotavirus, RSV
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
I am available to supervise PhD, Masters and Honours students in Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases. I have projects available applying quantitative techniques to understand the dynamics of HIV and Malaria, as well as modelling the impact of childhood vaccination programs. Students with a background in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, or other quantitative discipline, and with an interest in infectious disease research are encouraged to get in touch. Generous scholarships are available.
I am currently supervising PhD, Masters and Honours students modelling infectious diseases. Projects apply mathematical techniques to understand HIV, Malaria and other infectious diseases.