ID-NET – Infectious disease epidemiology

ID Net

Our mission

Our mission is to optimise infectious disease prevention, control and elimination by generating new evidence, providing innovative solutions, and supporting clinical and public health decision making. 

We develop strong multidisciplinary partnerships with clinical and public health decision makers in order to co-create and design research questions and programs, collaborate on the implementation and evaluation of research interventions, and explore the application of innovative methods and new technologies to disease prevention and control.

We have extensive experience in infectious diseases and clinical epidemiology, including: operational research and field surveys, predictive risk mapping and modelling (spatial epidemiology), clinical trials, disease surveillance, systematic reviews and meta-analyses and the use of novel methods to aid inference, including Bayesian network, machine learning, social network analysis and dynamic data visualisation tools.

Twitter handle: @IDNET_UQ



Luis Furuya-KanamoriDr Luis Furuya-Kanamori (UQCCR)



Deborah MillsDr Deborah Mills (Dr Deb’s The Travel Doctor)



Patricia GravesProfessor Patricia Graves (James Cook University)



Meru SheelAssociate Professor Meru Sheel (The University of Sydney)



Angus McLureDr Angus McLure (Australian National University)



Peter SlyProfessor Peter Sly (Child Health Research Centre, UQ)



Paul JagalsProfessor Paul Jagals (Child Health Research Centre, UQ)




Associate Professor Hammad Ali (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Current students

Thomas CallaghanThomas Callaghan – (PhD, UQ School of Veterinary Sciences): A big data food-chain approach to the epidemiology of zoonotic foodborne illness in Queensland



Sophie WenDr Sophie Wen - (PhD, UQ School of Medicine): Gram negative blood stream infections in children



Jane SinclairJane Sinclair (PhD, UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences): The long-term cardiovascular complications of COVID-19



Ama WakwellaAma Wakwella - (PhD, UQ Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science): Delivering human and ecosystem health co‐benefits through integrated watershed management: improving disease prevention, fisheries, and marine environments in Fiji


Jemma RowlandsJemma Rowlands (PhD, School of Public Health)



Nicky FoxleeNicky Foxlee (PhD, ANU School of Population Health, NCEPH): Developing Pathways to Improving Antibiotic Stewardship in Vanuatu



Beatris MartinDr Beatris Martin (PhD, School of Public Health)



Brady McphersonBrady Mcpherson  (Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) student)



Ramona MuttucumaruRamona Muttucumaru (Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) student)

Subject expertise

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases – lymphatic filariasis & others
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases – leptospirosis, arboviruses, & others
  • Travel medicine –malaria prophylaxis, vaccines, health & wellbeing of travellers
  • Other infectious diseases

Methodological expertise

  • Field surveys – electronic data collection & management, field laboratories
  • Spatial epidemiology & predictive risk mapping & modelling
  • Eco-epidemiology – environmental & sociodemographic drivers of disease transmission
  • Clinical epidemiology, including clinical trials in travel clinic settings
  • Surveillance
  • Systematic reviews & meta-analyses
  • Bayesian networks
  • Novel epidemiological methods – machine learning, social network analysis, interactive & dynamic data visualisation tools

We collaborate with a variety of partner organisations. These include the World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ministries of Health and governments, and many leading universities and research institutions including Harvard, Yale, and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Australian partners include:

We have a number of current international study partnerships in Samoa, American Samoa, Fiji, and the Dominican Republic.

International partners include:

Available student projects and staff contacts

Across our research team we have multiple student research projects available. Some examples are listed below, but please feel free to contact our team to discuss other options.

Professor Colleen Lau - Supervisor

  • Integrated surveillance of neglected tropical diseases and vaccine preventable diseases in Samoa
  • Epidemiology of notifiable diseases in Australia
  • Vaccine preventable diseases in travellers
  • Decision support tools for COVID-19 vaccines

Dr Amalie Dyda - Supervisor

  • Social Media and Vaccination: How does the way citizens access, understand, use, and share information about adult vaccines impact attitudes and behaviour?
  • Enhancing the use of routinely collected infectious disease surveillance data for public health action.

Dr Lisa McHugh – Supervisor

  • Investigating the uptake, safety and effectiveness of influenza and pertussis vaccines in pregnancy for First Nations mothers and infants.