Researcher

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Biological Mathematics

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Biography

Dr Deborah Cromer  leads the Infection Epidemiology and Policy Analytics Group which is part of the Infection Analytics Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW. She has made significant contributions to understanding immune correlates of infection for COVID-19, and her work has influenced vaccination policy internationally. She has also assisted with public understanding of immunity and vaccination through frequent media contributions and...view more

Dr Deborah Cromer  leads the Infection Epidemiology and Policy Analytics Group which is part of the Infection Analytics Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW. She has made significant contributions to understanding immune correlates of infection for COVID-19, and her work has influenced vaccination policy internationally. She has also assisted with public understanding of immunity and vaccination through frequent media contributions and appearances. She holds an NHMRC Investigator Fellowship

Research Interests:
Deborah is interested in the application of mathematical models to understanding infectious diseases both from an epidemiological perspective and as well as a within host perspective. Her research includes understand Covid-19 epidemiology and immunology, the dynamics of HIV reactivation following treatment interruption as well as both the host and vector response to malaria. She has also investigated the spread of mumps, rotavirus and influenza and the impact of vaccination against these common diseases.

Broad Research Areas:
Mathematical Biology and Modelling, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Immunological Modelling

Selection of Current and Past 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:
Investigator Grant (2020-2024)
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)

Grants:
NHMRC Investigator Grant (2020-2024)
ARC Discovery Grant (2018-2020)
NHMRC Project Grant (2015-2017)
NHMRC Project Grant (2012-2014)
ARC Discovery Grant (2012-2014)

Specific Research Keywords:
COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Modelling, Mathematics, Malaria, Theoretical Biology, HIV, CMV, Vaccination Policy, Influenza, Rotavirus, RSV


My Research Supervision


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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.


Currently supervising

I am currently supervising PhD, Masters and Honours students modelling infectious diseases. Projects apply mathematical techniques to understand HIV, Malaria and other infectious diseases.

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Contact

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