Members of our team a wealth of expertise owing to their diverse backgrounds in veterinary science, ecology, spatial epidemiology and mathematical modelling. We apply spatial epidemiology and risk mapping approaches for projects at interface between animal and human public health to develop a broader understanding of what mechanisms influence the geographical distributions of animal and human infections.

Ricardo Soares Magalhães

Ricardo Soares Magalhães is head of the Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory (SpatialEpiLab) at the University of Queensland

A/Prof Magalhães is an infectious disease epidemiologist with qualifications in both human and veterinary public health. His primary research focus is on the application of spatial risk assessment methods and population-based intervention studies to provide epidemiological evidence for more rational implementation of strategies for the control of infectious diseases of animals and humans. His interests are broad, ranging from the development of geographical models of infectious disease distribution to quantifying the role of spatial variation as an influence on socio-economic indicators such as water, sanitation and hygiene, to assessing the spatial distributions of helminth infection of children and associated morbidities. He has fostered collaborations that encompass many international and domestic partners, with a diversity of ongoing projects supported locally at UQ’s Child Health Research Centre, School of Veterinary Science and School of Public Health. He is currently seeking PhD candidates with skills in data analysis, statistical programming and machine learning to contribute to projects linking Big Data to spatial and spatio-temporal epidemiology. Read more about A/Prof Magalhães’s work on his ResearchGate and at his Google Scholar page.

A/Prof Soares Magalhães recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2021 Levels, Trends, and Inequalities in using Institutional Delivery Services in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: a Stratified Analysis by Facility Type Global Health: Science and Practice MM Hasan, RJS Magalhaes, Y Fatima, et al
2021 Geographical Variation in Coxiella Burnetii Seroprevalence in a Dairy Farm Located in South-Western Ethiopia: Understanding the Broader Community Risk Pathogens T Proboste, FB Deressa, Y Li, et al
2021 Double Burden of Malnutrition among Women of Reproductive Age in 55 Low-and Middle-Income Countries: Progress Achieved and Opportunities for Meeting the Global Target European J of Clinical Nutrition MM Hasan, S Ahmed, RJS Magalhaes, et al
2021 National Seroprevalence of Coxiella Burnetii in Chile, 2016–2017 Pathogens T Tapia, MF Olivares, J Stenos, et al
2021 The Application of Spectroscopy Techniques for Diagnosis of Malaria Parasites and Arboviruses and Surveillance of Mosquito Vectors: a Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal … Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases B Goh, K Ching, RJ Soares Magalhães, et al
2021 Epidemiology of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Species Carriage in Companion Animals in the Greater Brisbane Area, Australia Research in Veterinary Science H Rynhoud, E Meler, JS Gibson, et al
2021 Perceptions of Dog Owners Towards Canine Gastrointestinal Parasitism and Associated Human Health Risk in Southeast Queensland One Health T Nguyen, N Clark, MK Jones, et al
2021 Molecular Epidemiology of Clinical and Colonising Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Isolates in Companion Animals Frontiers in Veterinary Science H Rynhoud, BM Forde, SA Beatson, et al
2021 The Association Between the Use of Oclacitinib and Antibacterial Therapy in Dogs with Allergic Dermatitis: a Retrospective Case-Control Study Frontiers in Veterinary Science H Rynhoud, J Gibson, E Meler, et al
2020 Double Burden of Underweight and Overweight among Women in South and Southeast Asia: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Advances in Nutrition T Biswas, RJS Magalhaes, N Townsend, et al
2020 Patterns and Determinants of the Double Burden of Malnutrition at the Household Level in South and Southeast Asia European J of Clinical Nutrition T Biswas, N Townsend, RJS Magalhaes, et al
2020 Spatial Distribution of Leptospirosis Incidence in the Upper Yangtze and Pearl River Basin, China: Tools to Support Intervention and Elimination Science of the Total Environment PW Dhewantara, W Zhang, A Al Mamun, et al
2020 Unravelling Animal Exposure Profiles of Human q Fever Cases in Queensland, Australia using Natural Language Processing Transboundary and Emerging Diseases NJ Clark, S Tozer, C Wood, et al
2020 Epidemiology of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases J Kurscheid, B Laksono, MJ Park, et al
2020 Coxiella Burnetii in the Environment: a Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Sampling Methods Zoonoses and Public Health AMH Abeykoon, NJ Clark, RJ Soares Magalhaes, et al
2020 Tb and Hiv Epidemiology and Collaborative Service: Evidence from Ethiopia, 2011–2015 Hiv/Aids-Research and Palliative Care YA Gelaw, Y Assefa, RJS Magalhaes, et al
2020 Seroprevalence of and Risk Factors for q Fever in Dairy and Slaughterhouse Cattle of Jimma Town, South Western Ethiopia Bmc Veterinary Research FB Deressa, DO Kal, BD Gelalcha, et al
2020 Parasite Associations Predict Infection Risk: Incorporating Co-Infections in Predictive Models for Neglected Tropical Diseases Parasites & Vectors NJ Clark, K Owada, E Ruberanziza, et al
2020 Meeting the Global Target in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Care Services in Low-and Middle-Income Countries Global Health: Science and Practice MM Hasan, RJS Magalhaes, S Ahmed, et al
2020 Interim Guidance for Health-care Professionals and Administrators Providing Hospital Care to Adult Patients with Cognitive Impairment, in the Context of Covid-19 Pandemic Australasian J on Ageing M Martin-Khan, K Bail, MW Yates, et al
2020 Effect of Increased Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccine Coverage on the Burden of Influenza among Elderly People in Hong Kong Versus Brisbane: Abridged Secondary Publication Hong Kong Med j L Yang, WB Hu, CM Wong, et al
2020 Covid-19 Propagation Prediction and Assessment Method with Imported Cases and Infection Generations: Shanxi Province as a Case J Zhang, GQ Sun, M Li, et al
2020 Environmental and Sociodemographic Risk Factors Associated with Environmentally Transmitted Zoonoses Hospitalisations in Queensland, Australia One Health J Cortes-Ramirez, D Vilcins, P Jagals, et al
2020 Dog Bite Emergency Department Presentations in Brisbane Metro South: Epidemiology and Exploratory Medical Geography for Targeted Interventions One Health A Pekin, H Rynhoud, B Brennan, et al
2020 Modelling the Impact of Maup on Environmental Drivers for Schistosoma Japonicum Prevalence Parasites & Vectors ALA Navas, F Osei, RJS Magalhães, et al
2020 Elective Caesarean Delivery Associated with Infant Hospitalisation for Intestinal but not Respiratory Infection Maternal and Child Health J KS Betts, RJS Magalhães, R Alati
2020 Conservation Epidemiology of Predators and Scavengers to Reduce Zoonotic Risk The Lancet Planetary Health CJ O’Bryan, AR Braczkowski, RJS Magalhães, et al
2020 Profiling the Public Health Risk of Canine Rabies Transmission in Kogi State, Nigeria One Health SS Okeme, GS Kia, PP Mshelbwala, et al
2020 Geographical Variation in the Risk of H7n9 Human Infections in China: Implications for Risk-Based Surveillance Scientific Reports X Zhou, L Gao, Y Wang, et al
2020 Modelling the Impact of Maup on Environmental Drivers for Schistosoma Japonicum Prevalence. Parasites & Vectors AL Araujo Navas, F Osei, RJ Soares Magalhães, et al
2020 Environmental Recovery of Nosocomial Bacteria in a Companion Animal Shelter Before and after Infection Control Procedures Frontiers in Veterinary Science S Horsman, H Rynhoud, X Zhou, et al
2019 Hiv Prevalence among Tuberculosis Patients in Sub-Saharan Africa: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Aids and Behavior YA Gelaw, G Williams, RJS Magalhães, et al
2019 Distribution of and Associated Factors for Dengue Burden in the State of Odisha, India During 2010–2016 Infectious Diseases of Poverty S Swain, M Bhatt, S Pati, et al
2019 Mapping Soil-Transmitted Helminth Parasite Infection in Rwanda: Estimating Endemicity and Identifying at-Risk Populations Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease E Ruberanziza, K Owada, NJ Clark, et al
2019 Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Associated with Avian Influenza along the Live Chicken Market Chains in Eastern China: a Cross-sectional Survey in Shanghai, Anhui, and Jiangsu Transboundary and Emerging Diseases X Zhou, Y Zhang, C Shen, et al
2019 Spatial and Temporal Variation of Dengue Incidence in the Island of Bali, Indonesia: An Ecological Study Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease PW Dhewantara, R Marina, T Puspita, et al
2019 Effect of Temperature and Altitude Difference on Tuberculosis Notification: a Systematic Review J of Global Infectious Diseases YA Gelaw, W Yu, RJS Magalhães, et al
2019 Climate Variability, Satellite-Derived Physical Environmental Data and Human Leptospirosis: a Retrospective Ecological Study in China Environmental Research PW Dhewantara, W Hu, W Zhang, et al
2019 Comparison of Influenza Disease Burden in Older Populations of Hong Kong and Brisbane: The Impact of Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Bmc Infectious Diseases L Yang, KP Chan, CM Wong, et al
2019 Risk Factors for Dengue Outbreaks in Odisha, India: a Case-Control Study J of Infection and Public Health S Swain, M Bhatt, D Biswal, et al
2019 Current Progress and Future Directions in the Double Burden of Malnutrition among Women in South and Southeast Asian Countries Current Developments in Nutrition T Biswas, N Townsend, RJS Magalhaes, et al
2019 Spatial Clustering and Socio-Demographic Determinants of Hiv Infection in Ethiopia, 2015–2017 Int J of Infectious Diseases YA Gelaw, RJS Magalhães, Y Assefa, et al
2019 Sociodemographic Profiling of Tuberculosis Hotspots in Ethiopia, 2014–2017 Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene YA Gelaw, G Williams, Y Assefa, et al
2019 Mapping Schistosoma Mansoni Endemicity in Rwanda: a Critical Assessment of Geographical Disparities Arising from Circulating Cathodic Antigen Versus Kato-Katz Diagnostics Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases NJ Clark, I Umulisa, E Ruberanziza, et al
2019 Identification of Microchip Implantation Events for Dogs and Cats in the Vetcompass Australia Database Animals P McGreevy, S Masters, L Richards, et al
2019 The Impact of Expanded Brucellosis Surveillance in Beef Cattle on Human Brucellosis in Korea: An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis Bmc Infectious Diseases S Ryu, RJS Magalhães, BC Chun
2019 Determinants of Spatial Heterogeneity of Functional Illiteracy among School-Aged Children in the Philippines: An Ecological Study Int J of Environmental Research and Public Health K Owada, M Nielsen, C Lau, et al
2019 Geographical Distribution and Risk Factors for Echinococcus Granulosus Infection in Peri-Urban Wild Dog Populations Int J for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife L Harriott, M Gentle, R Traub, et al
2019 Modeling Schistosoma Japonicum Infection under Pure Specification Bias: Impact of Environmental Drivers of Infection Int J of Environmental Research and Public Health AL Araujo Navas, F Osei, LR Leonardo, et al
2019 Disparities in the Prevalence of Malnutrition of Reproductive Women and under Five Children in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (P04-103-19) Current Developments in Nutrition MM Hasan, RJS Magalhaes, AA Mamun
2019 Districts of Hiv Clustering in Ethiopia: 2015-2017 Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene YA Gelaw, RJS Magalhaes, Y Assefa, et al
2019 Functional Illiteracy Burden in Soil-Transmitted Helminth (Sth) Endemic Regions of the Philippines: An Ecological Study and Geographical Prediction for 2017 Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases K Owada, M Nielsen, CL Lau, et al
2019 a Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of the Quality of Studies Looking into the Economic Evaluation of Control Strategies for Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis And … Acta Medica Philippina FB Garcia Jr, K Halton-Balcon, N Graves, et al
2019 Geographical Distribution of Human Leptospirosis Incidence in the Upper Yangtze and Pearl River Basin, China: Tools to Support Surveillance and Focused Intervention American J of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene PW Dhewantara, AA Mamun, W Zhang, et al
2018 Airborne Geographical Dispersal of q Fever from Livestock Holdings to Human Communities: a Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Evidence Bmc Infectious Diseases NJ Clark, RJS Magalhães
2018 a Systematic Literature Review and Critical Appraisal of Epidemiological Studies on Outdoor Air Pollution and Tuberculosis Outcomes Environmental Research I Popovic, RJS Magalhaes, E Ge, et al
2018 Labrador Retrievers under Primary Veterinary Care in the Uk: Demography, Mortality and Disorders Canine Genetics and Epidemiology PD McGreevy, BJ Wilson, CS Mansfield, et al
2018 Epidemiological Shift and Geographical Heterogeneity in the Burden of Leptospirosis in China Infectious Diseases of Poverty PW Dhewantara, AA Mamun, WY Zhang, et al
2018 Geographical and Temporal Distribution of the Residual Clusters of Human Leptospirosis in China, 2005–2016 Scientific Reports PW Dhewantara, A Al Mamun, WY Zhang, et al
2018 Spatiotemporal Patterns and Environmental Drivers of Human Echinococcoses over a Twenty-Year Period in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China Parasites & Vectors AMC Restrepo, YR Yang, DP McManus, et al
2018 Epidemiology of Pseudorabies in Intensive Pig Farms in Shanghai, China: Herd-Level Prevalence and Risk Factors Preventive Veterinary Medicine L Xia, Q Sun, J Wang, et al
2018 Spatiotemporal Patterns and Environmental Drivers of Human Echinococcoses over a Twenty-Year Period in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China Parasites and Vectors AM Cadavid Restrepo, YR Yang, DP McManus, et al
2018 Spatial Distribution and Populations at Risk of A. Lumbricoides and T. Trichiura Co-Infections and Infection Intensity Classes: An Ecological Study Parasites & Vectors K Owada, CL Lau, L Leonardo, et al
2018 Effectiveness of Market-Level Biosecurity at Reducing Exposure of Poultry and Humans to Avian Influenza: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis The J of Infectious Diseases X Zhou, Y Wang, H Liu, et al
2018 Risk Factors for Recurrence of Fmd Outbreaks in Iran: a Case-Control Study in a Highly Endemic Area Bmc Veterinary Research K Ilbeigi, S Bokaie, S Aghasharif, et al
2018 The Extensive Networks of Frequent Population Mobility in the Samoan Islands and their Implications for Infectious Disease Transmission Scientific Reports Z Xu, CL Lau, X Zhou, et al
2018 Spatial Epidemiological Approaches to Inform Leptospirosis Surveillance and Control: a Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Methods Zoonoses and Public Health PW Dhewantara, CL Lau, KJ Allan, et al
2018 Environmental Risk Factors and Changing Spatial Patterns of Human Seropositivity for Echinococcus Spp. in Xiji County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China Parasites & Vectors AMC Restrepo, YR Yang, DP McManus, et al
2018 Spatiotemporal Heterogeneity of Malnutrition Indicators in Children under 5 Years of Age in Bangladesh, 1999–2011 Public Health Nutrition MT Hasan, AA Mamun, GM Williams, et al
2018 Characteristics of Livestock Husbandry and Management Practice in the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar Tropical Animal Health and Production TTZ Win, A Campbell, RJS Magalhães, et al
2018 The Role of Neonatal Pulmonary Morbidity in the Longitudinal Patterns of Hospitalisation for Respiratory Infection During the First Year of Life Epidemiology & Infection KS Betts, RJS Magalhães, R Alati
2018 Chronic Helminth Infection Perturbs the Gut-Brain Axis, Promotes Neuropathology and Alters Behaviour The J of Infectious Diseases, Jiy PR Giacomin, AK Kraeuter, EA Albornoz, et al
2018 Modelling Local Areas of Exposure to Schistosoma Japonicum in a Limited Survey Data Environment Parasites & Vectors ALA Navas, RJS Magalhães, F Osei, et al
2018 Spatial Prediction of the Risk of Exposure to Echinococcus Spp. among Schoolchildren and Dogs in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China Geospatial Health AMC Restrepo, YR Yang, DP McManus, et al
2017 Gut Microbiota Disturbance During Helminth Infection: can it Affect Cognition and Behaviour of Children? Bmc Infectious Diseases V Guernier, B Brennan, L Yakob, et al
2017 Land Cover Change During a Period of Extensive Landscape Restoration in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China Science of the Total Environment AMC Restrepo, YR Yang, NAS Hamm, et al
2017 Countrywide Reassessment of Schistosoma Mansoni Infection in Burundi using a Urine-Circulating Cathodic Antigen Rapid Test: Informing the National Control Program American J of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene G Ortu, O Ndayishimiye, M Clements, et al
2017 Vetcompass Australia: a National Big Data Collection System for Veterinary Science Animals P McGreevy, P Thomson, NK Dhand, et al
2017 Measuring the Effect of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections on Cognitive Function in Children: Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Evidence Advances in Parasitology K Owada, M Nielsen, CL Lau, et al
2017 Assessing the Social and Environmental Determinants of Pertussis Epidemics in Queensland, Australia: a Bayesian Spatio-Temporal Analysis Epidemiology & Infection X Huang, S Lambert, C Lau, et al
2017 Molecular Epidemiology and Pathology of Spirorchiid Infection in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia Mydas) Int J for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife PA Chapman, H Owen, M Flint, et al
2017 Spatiotemporal Distribution and Population at Risk of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections Following an Eight-Year School-Based Deworming Programme in Burundi, 2007–2014 Parasites & Vectors M Assoum, G Ortu, MG Basáñez, et al
2017 Factors Influencing the Success of Aerial Rabies Vaccination of Foxes Scientific Reports J Henning, E Giorgi, RJS Magalhães, et al
2017 Economic Cost Estimation of Selected Strategies to Control Soil Transmitted Helminth Infections in the Philippines Philippine J of Health Research and Development FB Garcia Jr, K Halton, N Graves, et al


Early Career Researchers

Nicholas Clark

Dr Nicholas J Clark is a lecturer in molecular epidemiology at the Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory (SpatialEpiLab), University of Queensland

Dr Clark is an ARC DECRA Fellow and Lecturer in Genetics and Molecular Epidemiology with broad interests in spatial epidemiology, ecologial forecasting and identifying mechanisms that influence the spread of pathogens at the human-wildlife interface. He graduated with a PhD from Griffith University under supervision of Dr Sonya Clegg, where he used mathematical models to study factors that influence the ecology and evolution of avian malaria parasites. His role with the group is to conduct spatial modelling of zoonotic pathogens, primarily Q fever and rabies virus, develop multivariate statistical models and forecast risks of tick infestation for Australian domestic animals. He is currently seeking PhD candidates with skills in data analysis and / or statistical programming to contribute to projects linking Big Data to ecology and molecular epidemiology problems. See our Opportunities page for details of a funded PhD position. Read more about Dr Clark’s work on his UQ Researchers website and at his Google Scholar page. R code for Dr Clark’s software programs can be found on his Github page.

Dr Clark's recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2021 Coxiella Burnetii in the Environment: a Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Sampling Methods Zoonoses and Public Health AMH Abeykoon, NJ Clark, RJ Soares Magalhaes, et al
2021 Perceptions of Dog Owners Towards Canine Gastrointestinal Parasitism and Associated Human Health Risk in Southeast Queensland One Health T Nguyen, N Clark, MK Jones, et al
2020 An Inverse Latitudinal Gradient in Infection Probability and Phylogenetic Diversity for Leucocytozoon Blood Parasites in New World Birds J of Animal Ecology A Fecchio, JA Bell, M Bosholn, et al
2020 Microbial Associations and Spatial Proximity Predict North American Moose (Alces Alces) Gastrointestinal Community Composition J of Animal Ecology NM Fountain-Jones, NJ Clark, AC Kinsley, et al
2020 Robust Geographical Determinants of Infection Prevalence and a Contrasting Latitudinal Diversity Gradient for Haemosporidian Parasites in Western Palearctic Birds Molecular Ecology NJ Clark, SV Drovetski, G Voelker
2020 Rapid Winter Warming Could Disrupt Coastal Marine Fish Community Structure Nature Climate Change NJ Clark, JT Kerry, CI Fraser
2020 Unravelling Animal Exposure Profiles of Human q Fever Cases in Queensland, Australia, using Natural Language Processing Transboundary and Emerging Diseases NJ Clark, S Tozer, C Wood, et al
2020 Genetic Analysis of Porcine Circovirus Type 2 (Pcv2) in Queensland, Australia Australian Veterinary J NK Mone, NJ Clark, M Kyaw-Tanner, et al
2020 Parasite Associations Predict Infection Risk: Incorporating Co-Infections in Predictive Models for Neglected Tropical Diseases Parasites & Vectors NJ Clark, K Owada, E Ruberanziza, et al
2020 Mriml: Multi-Response Interpretable Machine Learning to Map Genomic Landscapes N Fountain-Jones, C Kozakiewicz, B Forester, et al
2019 Climate Variation Influences Host Specificity in Avian Malaria Parasites Ecology Letters A Fecchio, K Wells, JA Bell, et al
2019 Out-of-Africa, Human-Mediated Dispersal of the Common Cat Flea, Ctenocephalides Felis: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to World Domination Int J for Parasitology AL Lawrence, CE Webb, NJ Clark, et al
2019 Host Specificity in Variable Environments Trends in Parasitology K Wells, NJ Clark
2019 Synchronous Shedding of Multiple Bat Paramyxoviruses Coincides with Peak Periods of Hendra Virus Spillover Emerging Microbes & Infections AJ Peel, K Wells, J Giles, et al
2019 Global Patterns in Helminth Host Specificity: Phylogenetic and Functional Diversity of Regional Host Species Pools Matter Ecography K Wells, DI Gibson, NJ Clark
2019 Mapping Soil-Transmitted Helminth Parasite Infection in Rwanda: Estimating Endemicity and Identifying at-Risk Populations Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease E Ruberanziza, K Owada, NJ Clark, et al
2019 Mapping Schistosoma Mansoni Endemicity in Rwanda: a Critical Assessment of Geographical Disparities Arising from Circulating Cathodic Antigen Versus Kato-Katz Diagnostics Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases NJ Clark, I Umulisa, E Ruberanziza, et al
2019 Commensal Bacterial Sharing Does not Predict Host Social Associations in Kangaroos J of Animal Ecology T Proboste, P Corvalan, N Clark, et al
2018 Parasite Spread at the Domestic Animal-Wildlife Interface: Anthropogenic Habitat Use, Phylogeny and Body Mass Drive Risk of Cat and Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides Spp.) Infestation … Parasites & Vectors NJ Clark, JM Seddon, J Šlapeta, et al
2018 Climate, Host Phylogeny and the Connectivity of Host Communities Govern Regional Parasite Assembly Diversity and Distributions NJ Clark, SM Clegg, K Sam, et al
2018 Airborne Geographical Dispersal of q Fever from Livestock Holdings to Human Communities: a Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Evidence Bmc Infectious Diseases NJ Clark, RJS Magalhães
2018 Global Spread of Helminth Parasites at the Human–domestic Animal–wildlife Interface Global Change Biology K Wells, DI Gibson, NJ Clark, et al
2018 Phylogenetic Uniqueness, not Latitude, Explains the Diversity of Avian Blood Parasite Communities Worldwide Global Ecology and Biogeography NJ Clark
2018 Unravelling Changing Interspecific Interactions Across Environmental Gradients using Markov Random Fields Ecology NJ Clark, K Wells, O Lindberg
2018 Emergence of Canine Parvovirus Subtype 2b (Cpv-2b) Infections in Australian Dogs Infection, Genetics and Evolution NJ Clark, JM Seddon, M Kyaw-Tanner, et al
2018 Mrfcov: Markov Random Fields with Additional Covariates r Package Version NJ Clark, K Wells, O Lindberg
2017 Integrating Phylogenetic and Ecological Distances Reveals New Insights into Parasite Host Specificity Molecular Ecology NJ Clark, SM Clegg
2017 a New Look at the Origins of Gibbon Ape Leukemia Virus Virus Genes J McKee, N Clark, F Shapter, et al


Javier Cortes Ramirez

Dr Javier Cortes Ramirez is a postdoctoral fellow at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Dr Cortes-Ramirez is a medical doctor with clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases including vector-borne diseases and zoonoses. He worked as a medical practitioner for 10 years in Colombia and Chile, as medical doctor with the International Committee of the Red Cross (2002) and as a consultant for World Health Organization for a national project on Environmental Health in the Solomon Islands (2015). As a researcher, he has experience studying the prevalence of ofidism (snake bite), Chagas disease in tropical countries as well as risk factors associated with silicosis in miners in Chile. In the last four years, he has developed spatial epidemiological studies on the association of coal mining with hospitalisations in Queensland. Dr Cortes-Ramirez is currently a lecturer in Environmental Health at UQ’s School of Public Health Read more about his work at his ResearchGate page.

Dr Ramirez's recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2021 Early Environmental Exposures and Life-Long Risk of Chronic Non-Respiratory Disease Paediatric Respiratory Reviews D Vilcins, J Cortes-Ramirez, D Currie, et al
2021 Environmental and Sociodemographic Risk Factors Associated with Environmentally Transmitted Zoonoses Hospitalisations in Queensland, Australia One Health J Cortes-Ramirez, D Vilcins, P Jagals, et al
2021 Environmental Risk Factors Associated with Respiratory Diseases in Children with Socioeconomic Disadvantage Heliyon J Cortes-Ramirez, JD Wilches-Vega, OM Paris-Pineda, et al
2020 a Brief-Review of the Risk Factors for Covid-19 Severity Revista De Saude Publica JE Rod, O Oviedo-Trespalacios, J Cortes-Ramirez
2020 Risk of Zoonoses Hospitalisation in Queensland Local Government Areas Queensland University of Technology RSM Javier Cortes-Ramirez, Dwan Vilcins, Paul Jagals
2019 Collaboration Across Boundaries in the Amazon Science (New York, Ny) PR Prist, N Levin, JP Metzger, et al
2019 using Human Epidemiological Analyses to Support the Assessment of the Impacts of Coal Mining on Health Reviews on Environmental Health J Cortes-Ramirez, PD Sly, J Ng, et al
2019 Incorporating Epidemiological Studies into Integrated Environmental Health Impact Assessment of Coal Mining University of Queensland JC Ramirez
2018 Mortality and Morbidity in Populations in the Vicinity of Coal Mining: a Systematic Review Bmc Public Health J Cortes-Ramirez, S Naish, PD Sly, et al
2018 International Classification of Diseases Codes of Morbidity and Mortality in Populations in the Vicinity of Coal Mining Isee Conference Abstracts J Cortes-Ramirez, S Naish, P Jagals


Kei Owada

Dr Kei Owada is a postdoctoral fellow at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Dr Owada is a post-doctoral fellow at UQ, specialising in infectious disease epidemiology. She completed her PhD thesis on the role of soil-transmitted helminths on the cognitive development of school aged children at the UQ faculty of medicine (2019). Her primary supervisor was A/Prof Ricardo J Soares Magalhães. She has received field epidemiology training at the US CDC (2011), and worked as a field epidemiologist. Her past work includes integrated disease surveillance work in Sierra Leone (2012), Ebola outbreak front line response work in Sierra Leone (2014-2015), and Ebola outbreak response and preparedness work at the WHO regional office in Brazzaville, Congo (2018-2019). Her experience also extends to the field of medical entomology, after receiving field entomology training in Samoa as part of the Samoa Lymphatic filariasis xenomonitoring project (2018).


Tatiana Proboste

Dr Tatiana proboste is a postdoctoral fellow at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Dr Proboste is a post-doctoral fellow at UQ Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory. Her background is in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and terrestrial ecology and biodiversity management (Msc) with a specialisation in wildlife disease ecology and molecular tools (PhD). As a researcher, Tatiana has worked on molecular detection of tick-borne pathogens under the supervision of Dr Javier Millan in Spain, and during her PhD, she work on developing tools to investigate the role of wildlife in disease transmission in urbanized environment under the supervision of Prof Jenny Seddon, Dr Nick Clark, Dr Hawthorne Beyer and Prof Jonathan Rhodes. Tatiana is currently working on the “Taking the Query out of Q Fever” project and in the development of a zoonotic vector-borne disease early warning system to enhance surveillance in Australia.


Dr Proboste's recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2021 Geographical Variation in Coxiella Burnetii Seroprevalence in a Dairy Farm Located in South-Western Ethiopia: Understanding the Broader Community Risk Pathogens T Proboste, FB Deressa, Y Li, et al
2020 Genetic Analysis Tools to Investigate the Role of Wildlife in Disease Transmission in Modified Environments T Proboste
2019 Commensal Bacterial Sharing Does not Predict Host Social Associations in Kangaroos J of Animal Ecology T Proboste, P Corvalan, N Clark, et al
2017 Drivers of Bartonella Infection in Micromammals and their Fleas in a Mediterranean Peri-Urban Area Veterinary Microbiology A Cevidanes, L Altet, AD Chirife, et al
2016 Molecular Detection of Vector-Borne Pathogens in Wild and Domestic Carnivores and their Ticks at the Human–wildlife Interface Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases J Millán, T Proboste, IGF de Mera, et al
2016 Differences in the Ectoparasite Fauna Between Micromammals Captured in Natural and Adjacent Residential Areas are Better Explained by Sex and Season than by Type of Habitat Parasitology Research A Cevidanes, T Proboste, AD Chirife, et al
2015 Infection and Exposure to Vector-Borne Pathogens in Rural Dogs and their Ticks, Uganda Parasites & Vectors T Proboste, G Kalema-Zikusoka, L Altet, et al


PhD Students

Tarni Cooper

Tarni Cooper is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Tarni is a veterinarian interested in One Health, particularly the human aspects of agricultural research for development (R4D). Tarni’s current research is supporting efforts to improve veterinary antimicrobial stewardship in Vietnam using a systems approach, combining epidemiological and participatory tools. Tarni’s advisors are A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães, A/Prof Elske Van de Fliert from the Centre for Communication and Social Change and Dr Delia Grace of the International Livestock Research Institute. Tarni’s research is supported by the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health and contributes to the CGIAR Antimicrobial Resistance Hub. Read more about Tarni’s work on her ResearchGate and Google Scholar pages.

Tarni's recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2020 Participatory Epidemiology: Principles, Practice, Utility, and Lessons Learnt. Front. Vet. Sci. 7: 532763. Doi: 10.3389/Fvets. 2020.532763 Participatory Epidemiology: Principles Practice, Utility, and Lessons Learnt RG Alders, SN Ali, AA Ameri, et al
2020 Participatory Epidemiology: Principles, Practice, Utility, and Lessons Learnt Frontiers in Veterinary Science RG Alders, SN Ali, AA Ameri, et al
2019 Counting the Cost: The Potential Impact of African Swine Fever on Smallholders in Timor-Leste One Health D Smith, T Cooper, A Pereira, et al
2019 Engaging with Complexity for Improved Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam Ilri T Cooper, D Grace, E Fliert, et al
2017 Engaging Rural Australian Communities in National Science Week Helps Increase Visibility for Women Researchers Royal Society Open Science MC Hardy, MR Desselle, 2016 Catch a Rising Star Consortium
2017 Inclusive Rural Communication Services: Building Evidence, Informing Policy Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations E van de Fliert, T Cooper, S Sam, et al
2016 Towards Better-Informed Consent: Research with Livestock-Keepers and Informal Traders in East Africa Preventive Veterinary Medicine TL Cooper, Y Kirino, S Alonso, et al
2016 One Health Ethics: The Need for Policy Before Research and Action The TL Cooper, Y Kirino, S Alonso, et al


Hester Rynhoud

Hester Rynhoud is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Hester is a PhD student interested in the study of zoonotic bacterial diseases and how they contribute to the One Health concept. Hester’s current research focuses on the molecular and spatial epidemiology of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus spp. carriage in Brisbane’s domestic and shelter animals. Hester’s advisors at UQ are A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães, Dr Justine Gibson and Dr Erika Meler. Read more about Hester’s work on her ResearchGate page.


Md. Mehedi Hasan

Md. Mehedi Hasan is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Md. Mehedi Hasan is a PhD student at The University of Queensland. He has been awarded an International Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia to undertake his current doctoral research. His doctoral thesis is focused on maternal and child health in low- and middle- income countries. Prior to his PhD studies, Mehedi served icddr,b; an International research organization based in Bangladesh and Helen Keller International (HKI) in Bangladesh. During his professional period, he was involved in several projects focusing on nutritional status of women and under five children, household food insecurity, food consumption, dietary diversity, infant and young child feeding practices, maternal and reproductive health, homestead food production, and hygiene.


Shovon Chakma

Shovon Chakma is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Shovon Chakma is a veterinarian from Bangladesh with an over four years of experience working in infectious disease surveillance programs in Bangladesh. He completed One Health Epidemiology Fellowship from Massey University, New Zealand in 2016 and is a life member of One Health Bangladesh. Prior to joining the SpatialEpiLab at the School of Veterinary Science at the UQ, he worked as a National Technical Advisor (Epidemiology) for Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Bangladesh, focusing particularly on avian influenza virus (AIV) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance systems in live bird markets and livestock disease outbreak investigation. As a researcher, he implemented the first known study of zoonotic agents carried by non-indigenous rodents living in the Australian wet-tropical forest interface. His PhD project will evaluate the risk of live bird market environmental contamination heterogeneity with avian influenza over space and time in Bangladesh, which will then be linked to health outcomes in poultry and humans. Outside of work and study, he enjoys playing cricket and site-seeing.

Shovon's recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2020 An Assessment on Potential Risk Pathways for the Incursion of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus in Backyard Poultry Farm in Bangladesh Veterinary World KI Islam, MM Ahsan, S Chakma, et al
2020 Raw Date Palm Sap Consumption and Human Exposure to Bat in Bangladesh IS Shanta, SP Luby, K Hossain, et al
2020 Healing Capacity of Leaves Stalks Extract of Pasak Bumi (Eurycoma Longifolia Jack.) on Incised Wounds of Mice Skin Pharmacognosy J RGP Panjaitan, A Maulidya, ARP Raharjeng, et al
2020 Qualitative Risk Assessment of Transmission Pathways of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (Hpai) Virus at Live Poultry Markets in Dhaka City, Bangladesh Zoonoses and Public Health SKS Islam, H Akwar, MM Hossain, et al
2019 Consumption of Raw Date Palm Sap and Human Exposure to Bats in Bangladesh Nipah Virus Int Conference, Singapore. IS Shanta, SP Luby, K Hossain, et al
2018 Investigation of Animal Anthrax Outbreaks in the Human–animal Interface at Risky Districts of Bangladesh During 2016–2017 J of Advanced Veterinary and Animal Research SKS Islam, S Chakma, AHMT Akhter, et al
2018 Utilising Existing Surveillance Platforms to Establish a Sustainable Amr National Surveillance and Monitoring System in Bangladesh The Second Oie Global Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance, Marrakesh … T Nasrin, S Akter, PK Howlader, et al
2018 The Potential Pathways of Introduction and Transmission of Hpai Virus at Live Birds Markets in Dhaka City, Bangladesh The SKS Islam, H Akwar, MZ Hasan, et al
2018 Achieving Resilience to Emerging Infectious Diseases Within the Poultry Production Systems; Development of a Production-Led Strategy for the Progressive Control of Avian … Prince Mahidol Award Conference, Thailand E Brum, K Naher, AS Zubery, et al
2018 Why Do Community Livestock Continue to be Ignored Within Emerging Disease Surveillance Programmes? Addressing the Systemic Bias for Intensified Livestock Production Within … Prince Mahidol Award Conference H Akwar, K Naher, AS Zubery, et al
2018 Sink Surveillance, an Innovative Approach to Identify Hpai and Other Emerging Zoonotic Pathogens in Live Bird Markets in Bangladesh Prince Mahidol Award Conference (Pmac), Poster a M Osmani, H Akwar, Z Hasan, et al
2017 a Survey of Zoonotic Pathogens Carried by Non-indigenous Rodents at the Interface of the Wet Tropics of North Queensland, Australia Transboundary and Emerging Diseases S Chakma, J Picard, R Duffy, et al
2017 Livestock Associated Epidemiological Information Profiling in New Sandwip Island (Jahajerchar) of the Meghna Estuary, Noakhali using Participatory Disease Searching Tool J of Advanced Veterinary and Animal Research SKS Islam, S Chakma, AHMT Akhter, et al
2017 Amu Reality Check: Documenting the Widespread Use of Critically Important Human Antimicrobials in Livestock in Bangladesh Z Hasan, H Akwar, S Chakma, et al
2017 The Source-Sink Model and Its Implications for Spillover Risk to Humans and Detection of Rare Pathogens – What the Patterns of Human H5n1 and H7n9 Cases Tell Us About Emerging … H Akwar, MM Hossain, U Hesterberg, et al
2017 Should Consumers Purchase Poultry from Live Bird Markets or from Door-to-Door Live Bird Traders - a Comparative Assessment of Avian Influenza Spill-over Risk in Dhaka, Bangladesh Z Hasan, U Hesterberg, H Akwar, et al
2016 Isolation, Identification and Antimicrobial Resistance Profile of Staphylococcus Aureus in Cockroaches (Periplaneta Americana) J of Advanced Veterinary and Animal Research A Islam, AD Nath, K Islam, et al
2016 Isolation and Epidemiology of Multidrug Resistant Escherichia Coli from Goats in Cox s Bazar, Bangladesh J of Advanced Veterinary and Animal Research K Islam, A Ahad, M Barua, et al
2016 a Cross Sectional Study of Infectious Bursal Disease and Newcastle Disease in Poultry in Narsingdi District of Bangladesh J of Advanced Veterinary and Animal Research S Islam, A Islam, SP Moni, et al
2016 Leptospirosis in Bangladesh: An Urgent Need for Coordinated Surveillance System Online J of Public Health Informatics S Chakma, S Mahmood
2016 Serological Evidence of Henipavirus Exposure among Apparently Healthy Occupational Risk Group in Bangladesh: a One Health Priority for Control S Mahmood, MN Islam, MNU Chowdhury, et al
2016 Community Attitudes and Knowledge About Bats in Nipah-Affected and Non Nipah-Affected Areas: Potential Threat to Biodiversity and Conservation in Bangladesh MNU Chowdhury, MN Islam, S Mahmood, et al
2016 Case-Control Area Study of Risk Factors for Exposure of Village Residents to Nipah Virus in Bangladesh MN Islam, S Mahmood, MNU CHowdhury, et al
2016 Economic Evaluation of One Health Policies for Controlling Anthrax in Bangladesh K Islam, S Mahmood, MNU Chowdhury, et al
2016 a Qualitative Risk Assessment of Emerging Infectious Diseases of Bangladesh Int J of Infectious Diseases S Chakma, K Islam, S Mahmood
2016 Identification of Potential Risk Factors for Recurrent Outbreaks of Infectious Bursal Disease (Ibd) in Poultry Farms of Bogra District, Bangladesh in 2015 Asian-Australasian J of Bioscience and Biotechnology SKS Islam, AHMT Akhter, MA Sufian, et al
2016 Social Network Analysis of Poultry Movement and Contact Patterns to Assess Transmission Potential of Exotic Subtypes of Avian Influenza in Poultry- Dense Districts of Bangladesh Ecohealth S Chakma, K Islam, M Asaduzzaman, et al
2015 Isolation and Molecular Detection of Pasteurella Multocida Type a from Naturally Infected Chickens, and their Histopathological Evaluation in Artificially Infected Chickens In … J of Advanced Veterinary and Animal Research SN Panna, KHMNH Nazir, MB Rahman, et al
2015 Epidemiology of Infectious Bursal Disease in Broiler Birds of Three Districts in Bangladesh Asian J of Medical and Biological Research S Chakma
2015 Prevalence of Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases in Different Age Groups of Commercial Layer Chicken in Feni District, Bangladesh Van Veterinary J MB HOSSAIN, S CHAKMA, A Al NOMAN
2015 Production Performances of Japanese Quail Parent Stock under Open Housing System J of Embryo Transfer MB Hossain, PC Sen, MA al Noman, et al
2014 Assessment of Bangladeshi Mothers’ Knowledge and Awareness on Childhood Tuberculosis: a Cross Sectional Study Science J of Public Health T Islam, S Chakma, MAR Bhuiyan, et al
2012 Estimation of Genetic Parameters on the Performance of Brahama Graded Calves Int J of Applied Research GS Ahmad, MMH Hussain, MN Islam, et al
2010 Rapid Detection of Infectious Laryngotracheitis Virus by Standardization of Polymerase Chain Reaction Targeting a Relatively Conserved Region of the Thymidine Kinase Gene University J of Zoology, Rajshahi University S Chakma, S Sarker, S Talukder, et al
2009 Management Practices and Prevalent Diseases in a Commercial Layer Farm of Mymensingh District Internation J of Bioresearch M Aktar, PM Das, J Hassan, et al


Philip Mshelbwala

Philip P. Mshelbwala is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Philip is a veterinarian and lecturer at the University of Abuja, Nigeria. He has worked with the African Epidemiology Network (AFENET), through which he has contributed to the control of the spread of polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases of children in high risk areas in Northeastern Nigeria. He has coordinated and participated in several rabies control programs in Nigeria and other African countries. He serves as the welfare officer of the Rabies In West Africa (RIWA), Nigeria and contributes to the War Against Rabies Foundation (WAR). He earned a diploma of rabies surveillance and control from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has participated in The United States Center for Disease Prevention and Control (US,CDC) Biosecurity Engagement Program in southwestern Nigeria. The result from the study demonstrated a novel strain of Bartonella, proposed as B. rousetti, in fruit bats which might be capable of infecting humans. Philip’s research interest focus on infectious and zoonotic disease, particularly of companion animals. During his PhD, he will be using spatial and analytical tools to understand the pattern of rabies transmission in Nigeria and China with the view of formulating a robust framework for effective surveillance and control at the human and animal interface. Philip’s advisors are A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães, A/Prof Abdullah Mamun and Prof J. Scott Weese. Read more about Philip’s work on his ResearchGate page.

Philip's recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2021 Global Epidemiology of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Lessons for Effective Control of this and Future Pandemics Int J of One Health EO Njoga, YF Zakariya, IF Jaja, et al
2020 Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Rabies in El Jadida Region, Morocco Veterinary Sciences K Bouaddi, A Bitar, M Bouslikhane, et al
2020 Bat and Lyssavirus Exposure among Humans in Area that Celebrates Bat Festival, Nigeria, 2010 and 2013 Emerging Infectious Diseases NM Vora, MOV Osinubi, MA Lora Davis, et al
2020 Global Spatial Epidemiology of Rabies: Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Methods Int J of Infectious Disease P Mshelbwala, S Weese, A Mamun, et al
2020 Profiling the Public Health Risk of Canine Rabies Transmission in Kogi State, Nigeria One Health SS Okeme, GS Kia, PP Mshelbwala, et al
2019 Canine Babesiosis in a Male Boerboel: Hematobiochemical and Anatomic Pathological Changes in the Cardiorespiratory and Reproductive Organs Veterinary and Animal Science AS Ubah, SE Abalaka, IS Idoko, et al
2019 Two Fatal Cases of Rabies in Humans Who Did not Receive Rabies Postexposure Prophylaxis in Nigeria Clinical Case Reports SW Audu, PP Mshelbwala, BM Jahun, et al
2019 Clostridium Difficile Shedding by Healthy Dogs in Nigeria and Malawi Zoonoses and Public Health JS Weese, PP Mshelbwala, F Lohr
2019 One-Health Approach to Rabies Exposure Surveillance Within Ogun State, Nigeria: Evidence of a Limited Collaboration Between Human and Veterinary Services Pan African Medical J P Mshelbwala, O Adegbite, O Bamiselu, et al
2019 Time Series Analysis of Dog Bite Victims Presented for Treatment in Ogun State, Nigeria, 2013-2017: Implications for Annual Human Rabies Exposure and Mortality Estimates Pan African Medical J O Njoku, J Ojo, C Amakoh, et al
2019 Mapping of Self-Reported Dog Bite Victims and Spatial Clusters of Rabies Exposure in Ogun State, Nigeria, 2013-2017: a Ccpz Perspective for more Effective One-Health Surveillance Pan African Medical J C Amakoh, P Mshelbwala, O Njoku, et al
2019 Comparative Study of Chicken Egg Yolk and Quail Egg Yolk in Two Chilled Canine Semen Extenders Sokoto J of Veterinary Sciences SA Ubah, M Sule, IC Chibuogwu, et al
2018 Human Exposure to Novel Bartonella Species from Contact with Fruit Bats Emerging Infectious Diseases Y Bai, MOV Osinubi, L Osikowicz, et al
2018 Dog Ecology and Its Implications for Rabies Control in Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria Zoonoses and Public Health PP Mshelbwala, DK Akinwolemiwa, BV Maikai, et al
2018 Rabies in a Set of Eight-Week Old Puppies in Nigeria: The Need for Review of Current Dog Antirabies Vaccination Schedule African J of Infectious Diseases NA Maurice, PD Luka, MN Maurice, et al
2018 Socioecology of the Canine Population in the Province of El Jadida, Morocco Veterinary Medicine Int K Bouaddi, A Bitar, A Ferssiwi, et al
2018 Elemental Analysis and Antimicrobial Assay of Aqueous Leaf Extract of Celtis Integrifolia Lam. Sokoto J of Veterinary Sciences KO Abah, MB Mahre, PP Mshelbwala
2017 Rabies in the Developing World: Challenges & Prospects Cliniciansbrief. Com PP Mshelbwala, JS Weese
2017 Field and Laboratory Detection of Rabies Antigens in Saliva and Brains of Dogs in Nigeria: An Approach using Rapid Immunochromatographic Test J of Microbes and Microbiology Techniques SW Audu, DAY Adawa, PP Mshebwala, et al
2016 Prevalence of Needlestick Injury and Its Potential Risk among Veterinarians in Nigeria Veterinary Medicine Int PP Mshelbwala, JS Weese, JM Idris
2016 Acute Toxicity, Phytochemistry and Anti-Diarrheal Effects of Celtis Integrifolia Lam. Aqueous Leaf Extract in Wistar Albino Rats J of Pharmaceutical Research Int MB Mahre, B Umaru, NA Ojo, et al
2016 Research Article Prevalence of Needlestick Injury and Its Potential Risk among Veterinarians in Nigeria PP Mshelbwala, JS Weese, JM Idris
2016 Assessment of Compliance of Referral Veterinary Hospitals to Sample Collection, Preservation and Reporting of Suspected Cases of Rabies in South-West Nigeria j Veterinar Sci Technol DT Ojo, BO Olugasa, PP Mshelbwala
2015 a Review on Human Deaths Associated with Rabies in Nigeria J of Vaccines & Vaccination GR Otolorin, AJ Olaniyi, MP Paul, et al
2015 Evaluation of Two Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Rabies Diagnosis under Field and Laboratory Conditions in Nigeria j Vaccines Vaccin PP Mshelbwala, SU Abdullahi, BV Maikai, et al
2015 Public Health Risk of Abattoir Operation in Zango Abattoir Zaria, Kaduna State Nigeria Annual Research & Review in Biology OG Richard, EC Okolocha, AV Odinya, et al
2015 Dystocia Due to Fetal Malposition with Abrachia in Yankasa Ewe J of Scientific Research and Reports DF Audu, A Aishatu, A Helen, et al
2015 Rumenolith in a Greater Kudu Antelope (Tragelaphus Strepsiceros) Kept in Zoo J of Scientific Research and Reports DF Audu, A Aishatu, OG Richard, et al
2015 Rabies in 5 Months Old German Shepherd Int J of Medical and Pharmaceutical Case Reports CS Ukwueze, CF Orajaka, CO Okorie-Kanu, et al
2014 Potential Risks for Rabies Spill-over from Apparently Healthy Dogs to Wildlife in Bauchi State, Nigeria J of Veterinary Advances YJ Atuman, YA Adawa, A Solomon, et al
2014 Knowledge, Attitude and Practice About Dog Bite and Rabies Exposure among Dog Meat Consumers and Processors in Abia State, Nigeria J. Vet. Adv PP Mshelbwala, AB Ogunkoya, BV Maikai, et al
2014 Detection of Rabies Antigens in the Brain Tissues of Jackals and Mongooses and Its Implications on Public Health and Conservation Goals in Bauchi State Nigeria Scientific j Vet Adv YJ Atuman, DAY Adawa, PA Okewole, et al
2014 a Case of Rabies in One Month Old Kittens in South East Nigeria j Veterinar Sci Technol P Paul, U Nlebeddum, KR Peterside, et al
2014 Prevalence of Rabies Antigen in the Saliva and Brains of Apparently Healthy Dogs Slaughtered for Human Consumption in Abia State, Nigeria PP MSHELBWALA
2013 Detection of Rabies Antigen in the Saliva and Brains of Apparently Healthy Dogs Slaughtered for Human Consumption and Its Public Health Implications in Abia State, Nigeria Int Scholarly Research Notices PP Mshelbwala, AB Ogunkoya, BV Maikai
2013 a Case Study of Rabies in a Six Month Old Calf in Zaria, Nigeria J of Experimental Biology PP Mshelbwala, SW Audu, AB Ogunkoya, et al
2013 Retrospective Study of Dog Bite Cases Reported to Zonal Veterinary Clinic, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria J of Experimental Biology AB Ogunkoya
NA Covid-19 Pandemic: a Concise Appraisal of the Current Status GR Otolorin, IO Akefe, OT Olufemi, et al
NA One Health SS Okeme, GS Kia, PP Mshelbwala, et al


Uttara Kennedy

Uttara Kennedy is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Uttara Kennedy has worked for over 18 years as a small animal veterinarian, practice manager and mentor across Australia and India. She has an MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law and is a Member of the ANZVCS (Animal Welfare chapter). Alongside pursuing her PhD, she is a veterinarian at RSPCA Queensland’s largest city shelter. Her experience has given her deep insight into the issues pertaining to shelter medicine and control of endemic diseases in the shelter environment. Her PhD work involves using machine learning technology to categorise clinical notes within the RSPCA database for case ascertainment. Accurate case ascertainment is vital in informing shelter policy to improve animal management practices to have a direct positive impact on animal welfare and shelter resource management worldwide. She loves disappearing into the bush on long hiking-camping adventures with her family when she is not working or studying. .

Uttara's recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2019 The Welfare of Cows in Indian Shelters Animals A Sharma, U Kennedy, C Schuetze, et al
2019 Biological Control of Pests and a Social Model of Animal Welfare J of Environmental Management A Mankad, U Kennedy, L Carter
2019 a Novel Method of Assessing Floor Friction in Cowsheds and Its Association with Cow Health Animals A Sharma, U Kennedy, C Phillips
2019 The Welfare of Cows in Indian Shelters. Animals S Arvind, U Kennedy, C Schuetze, et al
2018 The Sheltering of Unwanted Cattle, Experiences in India and Implications for Cattle Industries Elsewhere Animals U Kennedy, A Sharma, CJC Phillips


Francisca Powell

Francisca Powell is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Fran is a PhD candidate currently working on using multivariate modelling approaches to predict co-infections in both humans and animals. Her principal advisor is Dr. Nicholas Clark, and her associate advisors are A/Prof. Ricardo Soares Magalhães, Dr. Nicholas Fountain-Jones and Dr. Konstans Wells. Fran has broad interests in One Health research and infectious disease epidemiology and control, and has a multidisciplinary academic background in biomedical science, sociology, and French.


Thomas Callaghan

Thomas Cakkaghna is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Thomas is a PhD student interested in zoonotic infectious diseases and a One Health approach to their management. His current research focuses on the spatial epidemiology of zoonotic foodborne disease in Queensland. This work will include identifying which risk factors and exposure pathways are associated with animal infection, human infection, morbidity, and hospitalisation. Thomas has worked as a scientist for several years at Safe Food Production Queensland, Biosecurity Queensland, and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Thomas completed his prior tertiary studies at UQ with a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) and Graduate Certificate in Animal Science. He is a member of the Australian Society for Microbiology and an alumnus of the Evolutionary Physiology Laboratory at UQ’s School of Biological Science. Thomas’s advisors at UQ are A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães, Prof Colleen Lau, A/Prof Rowland Cobbold and Dr Dwan Vilcins. His external advisors are Robin Sherlock (Safe Food Production Queensland) and Adj A/Professor Jim Smith (Queensland Health and QUT). Read more about Thomas on his ResearchGate page.


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Pandji Dhewantara

Dr Pandji Dhewantara is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Pandji is an early-career researcher working at the National Institute of Health Research and Development (NIHRD)-Ministry of Health of Indonesia. He obtained his Master’s degree on Environmental science in Padjajaran University, Bandung, Indonesia. In Indonesia, his research particularly focuses on the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and lymphatic filariasis. Currently, his PhD project is focusing on leptospirosis – a zoonotic bacterial disease caused by Leptospira in China. His project is aiming at estimating the burden of human leptospirosis in China and using spatial analytical tools to understand the spatial epidemiology of human leptospirosis in China and the effects of demographical, ecological and socio-economic factors on the geographical and temporal pattern of human leptospirosis. Pandji’s advisors are A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães, A/Prof. Abdullah Mamun from UQ’s Institute of Social Science Research and Prof. Wenbiao Hu from the School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology. Read more about Pandji’s work on his ResearchGate and Google Scholar pages.


Yalemzewod Assefa Gelaw (Yalem)

Yalemzewod Assefa Gelaw is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Yalemzewod is a PhD candidate interested in infectious disease, particularly in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB). Yalem’s current research focuses on the epidemiology of tuberculosis and HIV associated TB co-infection in Ethiopia. Yalem joined the University of Queensland after ten years of experience working in the Ministry of Health as a senior environmental health officer, as well as holding an academic position at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia. He obtained his master’s degree on Master of public health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in University of Gondar, Ethiopia. Yalem’s advisors are Prof Gail Williams, Dr Yibeltal Alemu and A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães. Read more about Yalem’s work on his Google scholar and ResearchGate pages.


Andrea Araujo Navas

Andrea Araujo Navas is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Andrea is a geographer currently conducting PhD research into uncertainties related to spatial epidemiological studies. Her interest are to analyse spatial structures from epidemiological data as well as to focus on the relevance of different environmental risk factors that determine the exposure to Schistosoma japonicum infection in the Philippines. Andrea’s main research is at the Faculty of Geo-information and Earth Observations Sciences at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her advisors are Prof Alfred Stein and Dr Frank Osei at UTwente, and A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães at University of Queensland. Read more about Andrea’s work on her ResearchGate page.


Tuhin Biswas

Tuhin Biswas is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Tuhin started his research career as a research fellow in one of the centre of excellence “Centre for Control of Chronic Diseases” at icddr,b which was established with funding support from National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). He has experience working in a number of research projects that include diabetes & prediabetes, surveillance and community management of hypertension, metabolic syndrome, child obesity, mental health and its resultant health effects in Bangladesh. His major works included implementation of research projects; planning, organizing and carry out various research/field research and study activities. His PhD research will explore the double burden of malnutrition among the women in South and Southeast Asia and its geographical variation, health inequality and health achievement. Tuhin’s advisors are A/Prof Abdullah Mamun and A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães. Read more about Tuhin’s work on his Google scholar and ResearchGate pages.


Xiaoyan Zhou

Xiaoyan Zhou is a PhD student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Xiaoyan is currently a PhD student studying the spatial epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases. Xiaoyan’s research topic is Spatial Risk Assessment of the Zoonotic Influenza A (H7N9) along the Live Meat Chicken Market Chain in Southeast China. Her research aims to get a better understanding of live poultry market chains in eastern China, with the specific aim to define the risks of sustained transmission of H7N9 virus along the live meat chicken market chain in eastern China. Before she started her PhD, she has been working as national GIS specialist for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in China for over four years. Here she mainly focused on applying statistical modeling and simulation approaches to conduct risk assessment and spatial prediction to better understand the epidemiological features of zoonotic diseases in Asian countries. Xiaoyan obtained her master’s degree in Geospatial Sciences and Remote Sensing from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Xiaoyan’s PhD advisors are A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães, Dr Carl Smith from UQ, Prof Archie C.A. Clements from Curtin University and Prof John Edwards from Murdoch University. Xiaoyan is funded through a University of Queensland International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (UQ IPRS). Xiaoyan’s field survey was funded by the Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in China, FAO of the United Nations and the China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC). Read more about Xiaoyan’s work on her ResearchGate page.


Alex Pekin

Alex Pekin  is an Honours student at the Spatial Epidemiology Group, University of Queensland

Alex was an Honours scholar at the University of Queensland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience) in 2018 and is researching risk factors and spatial distribution of dog bite attacks in South-East Queensland; a collaborative project between the University of Queensland and Queensland Health. He is committed to utilizing a One Health approach as a method of improving healthcare infrastructure in developed and developing countries. As an undergraduate he contributed to work quantifying the temporal relationship between H7N9 avian influenza onset in humans with poultry surveillance, live bird movements, and sociodemographic factors. He plans to pursue further study into One Health issues, with a focus on veterinary solutions and interventions. Alex’s advisor was A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães.