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Professor James McCaw

I am Professor of Mathematical Biology and a past Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2011-15) at the University of Melbourne. I hold a split appointment between the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. I also hold honorary appointments at the Doherty Institute and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. My interests lie in the application of mathematics and computation to a broad range of problems in infectious diseases biology, epidemiology and public health.

I am a chief investigator on the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Policy Relevant Infectious Disease Simulation and Mathematical Modelling (PRISM2), where I lead the influenza and respiratory virus research theme. I am also a chief investigator of ACREME, the NHMRC funded Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination.

At the University of Melbourne, I coordinate the Bachelor of Science Major in Computational Biology and the Master of Computational Biology. I am the Assistant Dean (Graduate Programs) in the Faculty of Science.

If you are interested in working or studying in my group, please contact me.

Recent news

May 2018

With our collaborators at DST Group, Rob Moss and I have been awarded the CivSec 2018 Innovation Award for Disaster Relief, Emergency Management and Humanitarian Services and the overall CivSec 2018 National Innovation Award for Civil Security for our outbreak detection and epidemic forecasting work.

Dr Tony Lau and I receive the CivSec2018 National Innovation Award for Civil Security

November 2017

I have been promoted to Professor and also now hold an honorary appointment at the Doherty Institute.

October 2017

ACREME, the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination, on which I am an investigator, was announced this week, led by Professor Stephen Rogerson at the Doherty Institute. We'll be looking to hire new staff in 2018 to deliver on a 5-year program of research combining clinical, therapeutic, diagnostic, mathematical and epidemiological approaches, so contact me if you are interested in hearing more.

November 2016

With Associate Professor Julie Simpson, Dr Federico Frascoli (Swinburne) and Associate Professor Jane Heffernan (York, Canada), I received an ARC Discovery Project "Mathematical and statistical methods for modelling invivo pathogen dynamics" (2017 - 19). The grant will support our research on within-host dynamics of influenza infection and pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modelling for malaria.

August 2016

With Professor Leann Tilley, I received the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research.