David Wilson BSc, BInfTech, BAppSc(Hons), GradCert(Biostats), PhD
Head and Associate Professor
David Wilson is Head of the Surveillance and Evaluation Program for Public Health. Research interests include understanding HIV transmission risk, monitoring the trends, understanding the drivers, and forecasting the future trajectories of HIV, viral hepatitis and STI epidemics, along with evaluating public health programs and interventions.
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Ann McDonald BSc, MPH
Senior Research Officer
Ann McDonald is the senior research officer responsible for coordinating national surveillance activities. This includes communicating with each Australian jurisdiction, collating data on diagnoses of HIV, viral hepatitis, and STIs, and analysing trends in notifications. She has specific interest in analysing HIV trends and exploring new techniques for detection of early infection.
Carleigh Cowling BNurs, PGDipMid, (MPHTM Student)
Senior Surveillance Officer – Trachoma
Carleigh Cowling joined The Kirby Institute after working in Alice Springs as a Trachoma Public Health Nurse. She also has experience in surveillance and public health research in Australia and internationally. In the role of Trachoma Senior Surveillance Officer, Carleigh works with the Surveillance and Evaluation Program at CFI and the rest of the National Trachoma Surveillance and Reporting Unit Investigators.
Richard Gray BSc(Hons), PhD
Richard Gray is interested in the dynamics of infectious diseases, modelling of HIV and STI transmission, impact of interventions on disease propagation, application of quantitative medicine to public health, complex networks and brain dynamics. He is currently evaluating the HIV epidemic in Papua New Guinea and the interaction of specific STIs on HIV transmission.
Lei Zhang BSc (Adv Hons), MSc, PhD, MPH
Lei Zhang obtained his PhD in the University of New South Wales investigating interaction between HIV and CD4+ T cells using macaque models. He had a postdoctoral position on bioinformatics at Humboldt University, Berlin, and has recently been working with the MRC in Uganda on HIV in children. Currently, he is involved in epidemiological studies of HIV/AIDS epidemic in China, which aims to understand the pattern of the epidemic and inform health policies in China.
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Cliff Kerr BSc(Hons), LMusA, DipArts, PhD
Cliff Kerr’s background is in modeling and computational methods, and he is currently working on optimization and user-interface aspects of the Indonesia HIV Model. Cliff is also a postdoctoral fellow at the State University of New York, modeling large-scale networks in the brain.
Alex Hoare BSc(Hons), PhD
Alex Hoare is interested in modelling the HIV epidemic in SE Asia, specifically the emergence of ARV drug resistance. He also has expertise in developing software for analysing models and developing computer models for HIV and other infectious disease epidemics.
Melanie Middleton BMedSc, MPH
HIV Surveillance Officer
Melanie Middleton is a research assistant working in surveillance of blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections (STIs). Current work includes assisting with national HIV/AIDS surveillance, monitoring populations at high and low risk of HIV infection and coordinating surveillance of viral hepatitis and STIs.
Tarana LuckyMBBS, MPH, MHM
Masters Student (Research)
Tarana is interested to improve monitoring and evaluation of HIV epidemics and transfusion transmissible infections in Australia using various quantitative techniques. Currently she is working towards producing an Australian Blood Bank Surveillance report (in collaboration with Australian Red Cross Blood Service) and towards establishing a single national HIV registry by merging the national HIV and AIDS databases in Australia.
Gordana PopovicBEd, BSc(Hons)
Quantitative Research Assistant
Gordana Popovic recently finished her Honours in statistics at the University of New South Wales. She is currently assisting with mathematical modelling and surveillance of blood-borne viruses and STI’s.
Dr. Xun Zhuang is an associate professor in HIV epidemiology from Nantong University, Zhejiang province, China. She has just joined SEPPH as a visiting scholar under AusAID’s leadership award program. She is working on the evaluation of the epidemiological impacts of Methadone Maintenance Treatment in China.
Shamin KinathilBE(Honours 1), BSc
Shamin Kinathil is a research assistant working in the development of agent based models to investigate the epidemiological impact of intervention strategies for HCV in Australia.
Andrew majored in mathematics at the University of Western Australia, and moved to Japan where he taught English and translated for several years. He brings his combined mathematics and analytical experience, along with his strong interest in biology, to his role at the Kirby Institute. Andrew works with David Wilson and collaborates with a number of international basic science laboratories on the development, pathogenesis and vaccine evaluation associated with Chlamydia infections in
vitro and animal in vivo.
Pen ReyesBSc, MS, PhD
Josephine Reyes earned her PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of New South Wales studying genetic diversity in molecular markers used in epidemiological studies of tuberculosis. Currently, she is studying the effect of adherence behaviours and treatment outcomes on the prevalence of drug resistance in HIV transmission.
As a Registered Nurse with specialties in critical care (ICU) operating theatres and midwifery, Elizabeth holds a Masters qualification in Public Health. Joining SEPPH and The Kirby Institute from the Department of Population Health, Sydney West Area Health Services, Elizabeth continues her work there as a Health Education Officer for HIV/AIDS, Sexual Health and Hepatitis C. Elizabeth is working as a Research Assistant, conducting surveillance activities among culturally and linguistically diverse populations in Australia. She is working with SEPPH on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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James Jansson BTeach, BSc(Hons)
James Jansson is currently creating geospatial models to predict the medical outcomes of those with HIV in Australia as they age.
Kylie Mallet BSc(Hons)
Kylie Mallitt is a biostatistician with experience in spatial epidemiology. She is working on statistical modelling of geographical trends in the Australian HIV epidemic, and is supervised by Handan Wand and David Wilson.
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Tim Tse is a medical student at the University of New South Wales currently undertaking a research year at the Kirby Institute. His project involves modelling the HIV epidemic amongst heterosexuals in Australia.
Eric Chow BSc, MApplSc
Eric Chow is currently working on HIV/AIDS epidemic in China and understanding the pattern of high-risk behaviour associated with HIV transmission in different Chinese regions.
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Quang Duy Pham MD
Completing his Research Masters Degree Evaluating HIV drug resistance in Vietnam, Quang joins SEPPH on an Australian Development Scholarship, training in Public Health.
Amy Kwon BSc(Hons) (Applied Mathematics)
Amy Kwon completed her Bachelor degree in UNSW, completed her honours degree with modeling formation of Amyloid-beta plaques in Alzheimer’s disease. She is under David Wilson’s supervision, modeling infectious disease transmission among injecting drug users in Australia and modeling HIV transmission in Indonesia. Interests include applying mathematics to HIV in Southeast Asia, with special focus on transmission among injecting drug users, and forecasting epidemic trajectories.
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Karen Schneider is working on HIV transmission dynamics and addressing questions associated with clinical management, minimizing drug resistance, and public health prevention of HIV in Thailand.
Charisse Farr is interested in understanding key drivers of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines and informing policy to ensure HIV levels remain low.
Kel Heymer BMath, BAppSci(Hons)
Kel Heymer is interested in developing mathematical models of HIV transmission that are applied in settings of SE Asian populations. She is currently working on evaluating the HIV epidemic in Cambodia.
Dam Anh Tran
Ms. Tran Dam Anh just joined SEPPH as a PhD student already enrolled in UNSW. She has had previous experience working at NDARC after completing her studies in Pharmacy at the University of Queensland. She will be investigating cost-effectiveness of harm reduction programs and antiretroviral treatment in Vietnam under the supervision of Dr. Lei Zhang and A.Prof David Wilson.