Researcher

Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen

Biography

Dr. Xin (Jessie) Chen holds PhD in Public Health and Infectious Diseases from Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine in UNSW, and Master of Public Health (Specialisation: Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Control) from School of Population Health, UNSW. She is also a licensed medical doctor in China. Under the supervision from Prof. Raina MacIntyre, her PhD research is focused on the advanced analytical methods of outbreak investigation. She...view more

Dr. Xin (Jessie) Chen holds PhD in Public Health and Infectious Diseases from Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine in UNSW, and Master of Public Health (Specialisation: Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Control) from School of Population Health, UNSW. She is also a licensed medical doctor in China. Under the supervision from Prof. Raina MacIntyre, her PhD research is focused on the advanced analytical methods of outbreak investigation. She developed the highly sensitive risk assessment system (modified Grunow-Finke tool) for the detection of unnatural epidemics including bioterrorism events. She investigated the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak based on epidemiology, phylogeography and risk assessment to inform the epidemic response. 

Dr. Xin (Jessie) Chen has been employed by the Australia Government NSW Health Department-Hunter New England Local Health District. She provides survey question design, disease surveillance, data analysis and information management for FluTracking – one of the largest online COVID-19 and influenza-like illness surveillance systems in the world. Flutracking.net tracks over 150,000 people each week in Australia and New Zealand, and generates over 3 million records per year creating the opportunity for a 'big data' approach to these analyses.

Apart from this role, she has been working as the research assistant at Biosecurity Program in Kirby Institute, and School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW for three years, within the Australia NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Epidemic Response, Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response (ISER). She is the member of the research team and Epiwatch Global Observatory which provides daily outbreak scanning to inform rapid epidemic response globally. Her research fields include disease outbreaks investigation (coronaviruses, smallpox, anthrax, and influenza viruses) and risk analysis of unnatural outbreaks using methods of statistical analysis (SPSS, SAS), phylogeographic analysis (Geneious, BEAST, SpreaD3), and risk analysis of bioterrorism (Modified Grunow-Finke scoring system). These research skills have been successfully applied to the investigation of the past and ongoing disease outbreaks. An output of her work as a research assistant includes 18 published research papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals within the past 5 years.

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