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 Group, 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. 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
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 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 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 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 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 Identification of Microchip Implantation Events for Dogs and Cats in the Vetcompass Australia Database Animals P McGreevy, S Masters, L Richards, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Group, University of Queensland

Dr Clark is a Lecturer in Genetics and Molecular Epidemiology with broad interests in spatial epidemiology, molecular ecology and identifying mechanisms that influence the spread of disease at the human-wildlife interface. He graduated with a PhD from Griffith University under primary 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, as well as to lead efforts to forecast risks of tick infestation for Australian domestic animals. Read more about Dr Clark’s work on his personal website and at his Google Scholar page.

Dr Clark's recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2019 Climate Variation Influences Host Specificity in Avian Malaria Parasites Ecology Letters A Fecchio, K Wells, JA Bell, 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 Host Specificity in Variable Environments Trends in Parasitology K Wells, NJ Clark
2019 Commensal Bacterial Sharing Does not Predict Host Social Associations in Kangaroos J of Animal Ecology T Proboste, P Corvalan, N Clark, 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 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 Microbial Associations and Spatial Proximity Predict North American Moose (Alces Alces) Gastrointestinal Community Composition Biorxiv NM Fountain-Jones, N Clark, A Kinsley, 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 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 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 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 avier 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.


PhD Students

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.

Pandji's recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2019 Paediatric Dengue Infection in Cirebon, Indonesia: a Temporal and Spatial Analysis of Notified Dengue Incidence to Inform Surveillance Parasites & Vectors EP Astuti, PW Dhewantara, H Prasetyowati, et al
2019 Individual and Contextual Factors Predicting Self-Reported Malaria among Adults in Eastern Indonesia: Findings from Indonesian Community-Based Survey Malaria J PW Dhewantara, M Ipa, M Widawati
2019 using Dengue Epidemics and Local Weather in Bali, Indonesia to Predict Imported Dengue in Australia Environmental Research Z Xu, H Bambrick, L Yakob, 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 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 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
2019 Leptospirosis, Climate and Satellite-Based Environmental Factors: a Temporal Modeling. Online J of Public Health Informatics PW Dhewantara, W Hu, W Zhang, 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
2017 The Distribution of Culex Spp (Diptera: Culicidae) in Selected Endemic Lymphatic Filariasis Villages in Bandung District West Java Indonesia Aspirator-Jurnal Penelitian Penyakit Tular Vektor (J of Vector-Borne … EP Astuti, M Ipa, T Wahono, et al
2017 The Changing Epidemiology of Leptospirosis in Mainland China and Its Impact on Annual Disease Burden Estimates American J of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene PW Dhewantara, AA Mamun, WY Zhang, et al
2016 Kapasitas Vektor Dan Laju Inokulasi Entomologis Anopheles Vagus Dari Wilayah Endemis Malaria Di Provinsi Banten Vektora: Jurnal Vektor Dan Reservoir Penyakit EP Astuti, M Ipa, H Prasetyowati, et al


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
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.


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.

Yalem's recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2019 Community Health Extension Program of Ethiopia, 2003–2018: Successes and Challenges Toward Universal Coverage for Primary Healthcare Services Globalization and Health Y Assefa, YA Gelaw, PS Hill, et al
2019 Willingness to Pay for Community-Based Health Insurance and Associated Factors among Rural Households of Bugna District, Northeast Ethiopia Bmc Research Notes YAG Amare Minyihun, Measho Gebreslassie Gebregziabher
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 Screening Tools to Exclude Active Pulmonary Tb in High Tb Burden Countries: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis The Int J of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Y Assefa, S Woldeyohannes, YA Gelaw, 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 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 Factors Associated with Overweight and Obesity among Adults in Northeast Ethiopia: a Cross-Sectional Study Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy S Dagne, YA Gelaw, Z Abebe, et al
2018 Measuring Performance on the Healthcare Access and Quality Index for 195 Countries and Territories and Selected Subnational Locations: a Systematic Analysis from the Global … The Lancet N Fullman, J Yearwood, SM Abay, et al
2018 Population and Fertility by Age and Sex for 195 Countries and Territories, 1950–2017: a Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 The Lancet CJL Murray, CSKH Callender, XR Kulikoff, et al
2018 Incidence and Risk Factors of First-Line Antiretroviral Treatment Failure among Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Children in Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia: A … Bmj Open MM Sisay, TA Ayele, YA Gelaw, et al
2018 3-Month Daily Rifampicin and Isoniazid Compared to 6-or 9-Month Isoniazid for Treating Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Children and Adolescents less than 15 Years of Age: An … European Respiratory J Y Assefa, Y Assefa, S Woldeyohannes, et al
2018 The Role of Smoking in the Relationship Between Intimate Partner Violence and Age at Natural Menopause: a Mediation Analysis Women’s Midlife Health DL Gita Devi Mishra, Hsin-Fang Chung, Yalemzewod Assefa Gelaw
2018 Mothers’ Health Service Utilization and Attitude Were the Main Predictors of Incomplete Childhood Vaccination in East-Central Ethiopia: a Case-Control Study Archives of Public Health MK Yenit, YA Gelaw, AM Shiferaw
2018 Factors Affectinsg the Utilization of Xpert Mtb/Rif Assay among Tb Clinic Health Workers in Addis Ababa J of Clinical Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Diseases M Agonafir, Y Assefa, F Girmachew, et al
2017 Exclusive Breastfeeding and Mothers’ Employment Status in Gondar Town, Northwest Ethiopia: a Comparative Cross-Sectional Study Int Breastfeeding J DA Chekol, GA Biks, YA Gelaw, et al
2017 Maternal Health Care Service Seeking Behaviors and Associated Factors among Women in Rural Haramaya District, Eastern Ethiopia a Triangulated Community-Based Cross-Sectional Study Reproductive Health YAGYAM Dereje Kifle, Telake Azale
2017 The Prevalence of Impaired Fasting Glucose and Undiagnosed Diabetes Mellitus and Associated Risk Factors among Adults Living in a Rural Koladiba Town, Northwest Ethiopia Bmc Research Notes A Worede, S Alemu, YA Gelaw, et al
2017 Factors Associated with Utilization of Long-Acting and Permanent Contraceptive Methods among Women Who Have Decided not to Have more Children in Gondar City Bmc Women’s Health CB Zenebe, M Adefris, MK Yenit, et al
2017 Determinants to Antiretroviral Treatment Non-Adherence among Adult Hiv/Aids Patients in Northern Ethiopia Aids Research and Therapy MAYAG Berhe Beyene Gebrezgabher, Yigzaw Kebede, Melaku Kindie, et al
2017 Spatial Patterns of Childhood Diarrhea in Ethiopia: Data from Ethiopian Demographic and Health Surveys (2000, 2005, and 2011) Bmc Infectious Disease DTDYAG Getahun Gebre BogaleEmail author, Kassahun Alemu Gelaye
2017 Pertussis Outbreak Investigation of Mekdela District, South Wollo Zone, Amhara Region, North-West Ethiopia Bmc Research Notes SD Alamaw, AW Kassa, YA Gelaw
2017 Prevalence and Associated Factors of Khat Use among University Students in the University of Gondar, Northwest Ethiopia J of Substance Use WG Adane, GA Alemie, SM W/yhonnes, et al
2017 The Effect of Climate and Altitude Variability on Tuberculosis: a Systematic Review Environmental Health Perspectives Y Gelaw, W Yu, S Magalhães, et al


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.

Tuhin's recent publications
Year Title Journal Authors
2019 Association Between Socioeconomic Status and Prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases Risk Factors and Comorbidities in Bangladesh: Findings from a Nationwide Cross-Sectional Survey Bmj Open T Biswas, N Townsend, MS Islam, et al
2019 Prevalence and Sociodemographic Determinants of Household-Level Double Burden of Malnutrition in Bangladesh Public Health Nutrition S Das, SM Fahim, MS Islam, 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 Undiagnosed Isolated Systolic and Diastolic Hypertension Subtypes and their Correlates in Bangladesh: a Nationwide Survey Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives S Ahmed, S Pervin, T Biswas, et al
2019 Patterns and Determinants of Household Level Double Burden of Malnutrition in South and Southeast Asia Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism T Biswas
2018 Global, Regional, and National Age-Sex-Specific Mortality for 282 Causes of Death in 195 Countries and Territories, 1980–2017: a Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden Of … The Lancet GA Roth, D Abate, KH Abate, et al
2018 Global, Regional, and National Comparative Risk Assessment of 84 Behavioural, Environmental and Occupational, and Metabolic Risks or Clusters of Risks for 195 Countries And … The Lancet JD Stanaway, A Afshin, E Gakidou, et al
2018 Global, Regional, and National Age-Sex-Specific Mortality and Life Expectancy, 1950–2017: a Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 The Lancet D Dicker, G Nguyen, D Abate, et al
2018 Measuring Progress from 1990 to 2017 and Projecting Attainment to 2030 of the Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals for 195 Countries and Territories: a Systematic … The Lancet R Lozano, N Fullman, D Abate, et al
2018 Population and Fertility by Age and Sex for 195 Countries and Territories, 1950–2017: a Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 The Lancet CJL Murray, CSKH Callender, XR Kulikoff, et al
2018 Ethnic Predisposition of Diabetes Mellitus in the Patients with Previous History of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: a Review Expert Review of Endocrinology & Metabolism R Das Gupta, S Gupta, A Das, et al
2018 Influence of Organic Manures on the Growth of Diabetes Preventive Medicinal Plant Gynura, Gynura Procumbens J of Biodiversity Conservation and Bioresource Management MOS Akon, DK Datta, T Biswas, et al
2018 Assessing the Readiness of Health Facilities for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Services in Bangladesh: a Cross-Sectional Survey Bmj Open T Biswas, MM Haider, RD Gupta, et al
2017 The Prevalence of Underweight, Overweight and Obesity in Bangladeshi Adults: Data from a National Survey Plos One T Biswas, SP Garnett, S Pervin, et al
2017 Patients’ Perspective of Disease and Medication Adherence for Type 2 Diabetes in an Urban Area in Bangladesh: a Qualitative Study Bmc Research Notes SMS Islam, T Biswas, FA Bhuiyan, et al
2017 Overweight and Obesity among Children and Adolescents in Bangladesh: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Public Health T Biswas, A Islam, MS Islam, et al
2017 Bangladesh Policy on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases: a Policy Analysis Bmc Public Health T Biswas, S Pervin, MIA Tanim, et al
2017 Increasing Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in Bangladeshi Women of Reproductive Age: Findings from 2004 to 2014 Plos One T Biswas, MJ Uddin, A Al Mamun, et al
2017 Non-Communicable Disease (Ncd) Risk Factors and Diabetes among Adults Living in Slum Areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh Plos One LB Rawal, T Biswas, NN Khandker, et al
2017 Impact of Mobile Phone-Based Technology to Improve Health, Population and Nutrition Services in Rural Bangladesh: a Study Protocol Bmc Medical Informatics and Decision Making J Uddin, T Biswas, G Adhikary, et al
2017 Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Tobacco Use among the Adults in Urban Slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh Tobacco Induced Diseases NN Khandker, T Biswas, ANS Khan, et al
2017 Age at Menarche and Its Socioeconomic Determinants among Female Students in an Urban Area in Bangladesh Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare MS Islam, MA Hussain, S Islam, et al
2017 End Organ Damage in Hypertensive Geriatric Age Group: a Cross Sectional Study J of Medical Research and Innovation P Kyada, K Jadhav, TK Biswas, et al
2017 Evaluation of Risk Factors and End Organ Damage in Hypertensive Geriatric Age Group J of Medical Research and Innovation P Kyada, K Jadhav, TK Biswas, et al


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
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, N Ibrahim, 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
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 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 Leptospirosis in Bangladesh: An Urgent Need for Coordinated Surveillance System Online J of Public Health Informatics S Chakma, S Mahmood
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 Int Ecohealth One Health Congress MWRM Shovon Chakma, Kamrul Islam, Muhammad 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
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
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


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.


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.


Undergraduate Researchers

Alex Pekin

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

Alex is currently 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 is A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães.