Biosecurity Program

The Biosecurity Program is focused on global risk analysis, detection, prevention, mitigation, response and control of emerging infectious diseases, pandemics and bioterrorism. We conduct research on emerging infectious diseases, rapid epidemic surveillance, field response, epidemics, pandemics, bioterrorism, bio-intelligence, and health security in a changing biotechnology landscape. Areas of focus include influenza, COVID-19, pneumococcal disease, herpes zoster, Ebola, MERS CoV and measles. The transmission dynamics of respiratory aerosols is a focus of our aerobiology laboratory.  We research the rapid detection and prevention of these threats. Our research includes prevention by both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical means such as personal protective equipment (masks and N95s) and vaccines. The program engages widely with stakeholders from all disciplines involved in large scale epidemic response, such as health, field epidemiology, pharmaceutical industry, emergency management, defence, law enforcement, legal and ethics experts.

Program head: 
Head, Biosecurity Program, and Professor of Global Biosecurity, Kirby Institute and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
Program contact: 
Program Manager
Program team: 
Project Manager
PhD Student
Scientia PhD Scholar
Research Associate
Visiting Researcher
Visiting Fellow
Research Assistant
Research Associate
PhD Student/ Research Assistant
Research Assistant
Project Officer
PhD Student
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Research Assistant
Senior Visiting Fellow
PhD Student & Research Assistant
Research Assistant
Machine Learning Engineer
Research Officer