Biosecurity Program

The Biosecurity Program is focused on detection, prevention, mitigation and response to 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, smallpox 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 through our AI-driven observatory EPIWATCH. 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 and other first responders.

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
Research Associate
Research Associate
EpiWatch Analyst
Research Fellow (Risk Analysis), EPIWATCH
Visiting Researcher
Research Associate (Modelling)
Visiting Fellow
Senior Research Officer
Research Officer and PhD student
Finance Administrator
Research Assistant
Research Associate
PhD Student/ Research Assistant
Honours Student
Research Associate
Associate Professor
Senior Clinical Project Coord
Senior Project Coordinator
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Software Engineer
Visiting Professorial Fellow
PhD Student & Research Assistant
Senior Research Associate (Epidemiology Team Leader - EPIWATCH)
PhD Student & Research Officer