Cross-cutting research

Supporting ethical, social and behavioural research
Our cross-cutting research transcends disciplinary boundaries and has relevance across multiple research themes. It involves the integration of knowledge, methodologies, and approaches from various disciplines to contribute to the complex infectious disease challenges that we work on.

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One Health

Associate Professor Kate Bosward

Kate is a veterinary microbiologist researching the pathogenesis and control of infectious diseases of animals especially those considered zoonotic. She has a particular interest in Coxiella burnetii, coxiellosis in animals and Q fever in humans. Other research projects have been in mastitis in dairy cattle (particularly due to Mycoplasma spp. and Streptococcus agalactiae) and antimicrobial resistance in animals.
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Dr Victoria Brookes

Dr Brookes’ research focuses on using field and epidemiologic methods to promote evidence-based practice in One Health, particularly emerging and neglected infectious diseases. She has extensive research experience using methods such as risk assessment and disease modelling for the development of strategies for disease preparedness, including prevention, detection, and response. Dr Brookes has led several projects including One Health for health promotion strategies in the Southeast Asian and Oceanic regions, One Health capacity building in the Pacific region, and One Health on Country: making a difference to animals and their people in remote Indigenous communities in Australia. She is also involved in epidemiologic research of a range of diseases including rabies, Hendra virus, African swine fever, and Japanese Encephalitis virus.
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Professor Jacqui Norris

Jacqui is a Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. She is a registered practicing veterinarian and is passionate about practical research projects and education programs for veterinary professionals, animal breeders and animal owners. Her research focusses on the development of diagnostics and treatments for companion animal viral diseases; and the prevention of Q fever and role of companion animals and wildlife in the epidemiology; as well as molecular epidemiology of multidrug resistant (MDR) Staphylococcus species in all animals including humans; and Knowledge, attitudes and barriers to veterinary antimicrobial stewardship.
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Dr Mike Walsh

Michael Walsh is a landscape epidemiologist who is interested in the complex ecologies of zoonotic pathogens and their interaction with hosts, vectors, and environments to shape risk. His research focusses on he ways in which interactions between wildlife, domesticated animals, and humans in anthropogenic landscapes facilitate pathogen spillover from primary reservoir hosts to novel hosts.
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Professor Ruth Zadoks

Prof Zadoks’ interests include the use of molecular epidemiology to understand sources and transmission routes of bacterial infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance across host species, and the development of disease control programmes to support human and animal health and food security.
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Pathogen genomics and computational microbiology

Associate Professor Tanya Golubchik

The aim of Dr Golubchik's research is to use modern genomics technologies to explore the diversity and evolution of microbial pathogens, especially viruses and bacteria of public health significance. She is interested in how microbial pathogens evolve within an individual infection to generate a within-host microcosm of closely related bacteria/viruses, some of which can then be transmitted onward to a new host. Each element of this process involves a complex interplay between competing pathogens or variants in the original host, immune pressure from both the infector and the newly infected individual, and a stochastic element of 'drift', or luck in making it through the bottleneck of transmission and into a new host.
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Dr Rebecca Rockett

Rebecca Rockett is a virologist whose research aims to improve the detection and treatment of existing and emerging, high burden infectious diseases.
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Professor Vitali Sintchenko

Prof Sintchenko is a leading public health microbiologist and informatician who conducts research on biosurveillance of communicable diseases. He is studying and implementing genomics-guided surveillance of respiratory, food-borne and other bacterial diseases with epidemic potential (e.g. tuberculosis, pertussis, pneumococcal pneumonia, salmonella gastroenteritis, MRSA infections).
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Climate change

Professor Warwick Anderson

As an historian of science, medicine and public health, focusing on Australasia, the Pacific, Southeast Asia and the United States. Professor Anderson is especially interested in issues of infectious diseases and health equity, racial injustice, disease ecology, and planetary health.
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Professor David Guest

Professor Guest is interested in the way plants defend themselves against pathogens at the cellular, whole plant and ecosystem levels. His One Health collaborations aim to understand and address the human constraints that limit crop disease management and food security in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
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Dr Aaron Jenkins

Aaron Jenkins has highly regarded expertise in crosscutting development themes including integrated conservation and development, wetland management for health, nutrition and climate change mitigation, WASH and waterborne disease management, intersection of climate change, natural disaster, land and water management on health and sustainable fisheries.
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Professor Joel Negin

Prof Joel Negin's current research focuses on health system development, infectious disease and the intersection of ecology and health. He maintains ongoing research and collaborations in Vietnam, Fiji, India and Indonesia. Before moving to Australia, he was awarded degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities and then worked for six years in sub-Saharan Africa on various health and development programs.
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Associate Professor Cameron Webb

A/Prof Cameron Webb has over 25 years experience in mosquito and mosquito-borne disease research and management. He provides advice to local, state, and federal government agencies on mosquito control and surveillance programs as well as public health interventions to reduce the pest and public health threats to the community.
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Ethics

Dr Diego Silva

Diego's research centres on public health ethics, particularly the application of political theory in the context of infectious diseases and health security, e.g., tuberculosis, COVID-19, antimicrobial resistance, etc. Diego adopts a mixed methods approach to his work, including the use of qualitative methods and conceptual analysis.
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Health literacy

Dr Carissa Bonner

Dr Carissa Bonner is a behavioural scientist who researches risk communication, medical decision making and health literacy, with a strong focus on prevention. She leads a national partnership with the Heart Foundation to develop decision support tools for national CVD prevention guidelines, and advises on health literacy aspects of a national COVID-19 vaccination risk calculator supported by the Immunisation Coalition. She is the Deputy Director of the Sydney Health Literacy Lab at the University of Sydney, and recently worked with the World Health Organization on a global action framework for science translation in public health emergencies.
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Professor Kirsten McCaffery

Kirsten's research focuses on health communication and understanding psychosocial outcomes among socially disadvantaged populations including culturally and linguistically diverse groups and people with low health literacy.
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Behavioural and social science

Professor Alex Broom

Alex Broom is recognised as an international leader in sociology, with a specific interest in health, illness and care. His work takes a person-centred approach, qualitatively exploring the intersections of individual experience and social, political and economic context.
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Associate Professor Sarah Bernays

Sarah's current research focuses on adolescent global health. Her qualitative longitudinal research programme explores the experiences of young people growing with HIV and/ or exposed to high HIV risk. She works in a large multidisciplinary team and collaborates with clinicians, epidemiologists, ethicists and statisticians to address research questions through multiple methods.
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Dr Katherine Kenny

Dr Kenny's research draws on social theory and qualitative methodologies to better understand how health and disease, (or illness and wellness) are understood, ‘treated’, experienced and made meaningful in clinical contexts and in everyday life.
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Infection prevention and control

Dr Matthew O'Sullivan

Dr O'Sullivan is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Medical Microbiologist. He has a clinical interest in staphylococcal infection, tropical medicine, HIV, infections in immunocompromised hosts and diagnosis, management and clinical biocontainment for High Consequence Infectious Diseases such as Ebola and COVID-19. His research interest is in genotyped-based surveillance of pathogens responsible for hospital-aqcuired infections.
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Prof Ramon Shaban

Prof Shaban is a leading internationally credentialed expert infection control practitioner with particular strengths in high-consequence infectious diseases, communicable diseases and their control and prevention, emergency care and health protection. As Clinical Chair he is Chief Infection Control Practitioner and District Director of Communicable Disease Control and Infection Prevention for Western Sydney Local Health District, where he provides strategic and operational leadership of infection prevention and communicable disease control services.
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