Researcher

Dr Lucia Romani

Biography

Lucia Romani is a NHMRC early career researcher with over 14 years’ experience leading and collaborating on implementation research focused on infectious diseases in low and middle-income countries. Lucia has extensive epidemiologic research experience in a diverse range of areas, including large-scale clinical trials and observational studies, mass drug administration for neglected tropical diseases and sexually transmitted infections in...view more

Lucia Romani is a NHMRC early career researcher with over 14 years’ experience leading and collaborating on implementation research focused on infectious diseases in low and middle-income countries. Lucia has extensive epidemiologic research experience in a diverse range of areas, including large-scale clinical trials and observational studies, mass drug administration for neglected tropical diseases and sexually transmitted infections in resource-poor settings. Lucia is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

She has been awarded $330,000 funding as CIA and as Co-CI obtained 14 grants worth over $6 million. In 2018 she received an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. Lucia is involved in the oversight of three large clinical trials in Fiji, funded by NHMRC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to control endemic neglected tropical diseases. In 2019 she was part of the team awarded $10 million from the Macquarie Group to lead a 5-year global program to control scabies in Fiji and Solomon Islands. In 2019 she led the Fiji Antenatal STI Testing study to assess the prevalence of STIs among women attending antenatal clinics in Fiji.

Lucia’s research findings have been consistently published in highly regarded international journals: The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Lancet Infectious Diseases and The Lancet Global Health. Lucia’s excellence in research is also demonstrated by the academic awards she received, including the 2019 Research Australia Griffith Discovery Award, the UNSW Dean’s Rising Star Award for research and the 2017 prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research for the work she led in Fiji.


My Qualifications

MDS, MPH, PhD


My Awards

2019      Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award, The Macquarie Group ($10,000,000)

2019      Griffith Discovery Award, 2019 Research Australia Health & Medical Research Awards (Finalist)

2019      L'Oréal-UNESCO Australia & New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowship (Finalist)

2019      Postdoctoral Researcher Oral Presentation Award – Australian Society of Medical Research NSW 27th Annual Scientific Meeting ($600)

2018      Early Career Research Fellowship – National Health & Medical Research Council ($338,000)

2017      Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research ($10,000)

2016      Dean’s Rising Star Award – Research Student Faculty of Medicine, UNSW

2016      Kirby Institute research student postgraduate prize ($2,000)

2016      Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research (Finalist)

2016      Aileen Plant Memorial Prize in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology ($2,000)


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

ILP, Honours, Masters, PhD


Currently supervising

PhD randomised controlled trial for control of scabies in resource poor settings

PhD large scale intervention to control neglected tropical diseases

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Location

Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building
UNSW Sydney

Contact

+61 (0)2 9385 3675
+61 (0)2 9385 0920