Half of the world’s population remain at risk of contracting soil and insect transmitted infectious diseases. Accurate and timely diagnosis is an integral part of their control and elimination.

Global Infectious diseases surveillance team at SPH and partners are developing novel, non-invasive, high throughput, rapid, cost effective diagnostic tools for infectious diseases including but not limited to those transmitted by insect vectors (Malaria, Dengue, Zika, Ross river, Chagas, trypanosomiasis etc.), soil (hookworms, whipworms), snails (schistosomiasis) and sexually transmitted infections. We aim to develop point of care tools that can be applied routinely at programmatic levels to reduce disease transmission, outbreaks and aide in the elimination efforts.

Current projects

  • Development of novel diagnostic tools for screening asymptomatic malaria patients in endemic countries, military personnel and points of entry
  • Development of novel diagnostic tools for arboviruses
  • Development of a portable device to detect and quantify eggs of soil transmitted helminth species and schistosome species
  • Development of machine learning, algorithms to predict infectious diseases
  • Development of cloud based diagnostic platforms for infectious diseases

Funding

  • NHMRC project grant
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)
  • Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship (AQIRF)
  • United States Agency for International Development  (USAID)
  • UQAWARE

Partners

PhD students

  • Mr Brendon Goh 
  • Ms Bushra Alharbi
  • Ms Elise Kho 
  • Ms Aline Ferreira (Visiting PhD student)