Associate Investigators

Associate Professor Martyn Kirk 

Associate Professor Martyn Kirk heads the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology at the Australian National University, which is the Australian Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP). Over 25 years, he has worked at state, national and international levels at the interface of applied research and government policy. In 2000, Professor Kirk was appointed as the first Coordinating Epidemiologist of OzFoodNet—the Australian surveillance network for foodborne diseases. He has investigated numerous outbreaks due to respiratory, diarrhoeal and other agents, including across international boundaries. Professor Kirk conducts research into the causes of gastroenteritis and foodborne diseases in Australia and globally. He is a member of the Foodborne Disease Epidemiology Reference Group of the World Health Organization. He is the only non-European investigator on the COMPARE project investigating the use of whole genome sequencing for epidemiological investigation of foodborne outbreaks across Europe (funded under the Horizon 2020 program). He is a member of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia. He provides expert advice to governments on food- and waterborne disease and outbreak investigation. More information about Professor Kirk

Dr Christopher Degeling 

Dr Chris Degeling is a health social scientist, philosopher and practicing veterinarian. A Research Fellow at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELIM) and the Marie Bashir Institute at the University of Sydney, his research focuses on the intersection of public health ethics, public health policy and emerging issues at the human-animal-ecosystem interface. Current projects include studies of the politics of One Health and the ethics of population screening. More information about Dr Degeling​

Associate Professor Torsten Seemann

Assistant Professor Torsten Seemann is the lead bioinformatician at the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) and the Microbial Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU-PHL). He specializes in comparative microbial genomics and bacterial outbreak investigation, and has developed many software tools for analyzing high-throughput sequencing data. He brings this expertise to the Rapid Response theme of the CREID to develop methods to analyze large numbers of isolates quickly and reliably, and acts as a technical advisor for whole genome sequencing approaches. More information about Professor Seemann​

Associate Professor Allison Imrie

Associate Professor Allison Imrie is an academic in the School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Western Australia with expertise in anti-viral immunity, viral genetic epidemiology, anti-viral drug resistance, and natural history of viral diseases. She also holds an appointment as a Research Scientist at PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA. More information about Professor Imrie

Professor Ben Marais

Professor Ben Marais is a paediatric infectious diseases specialist whose main research interests is tuberculosis (epidemiology, service delivery, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, drug resistance, strain diversity, evolution, transmission).  He serves on the National TB Advisory Committee (NTAC) and the executive committee of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Tuberculosis Control (  As deputy-Director of the Marie Bashir Institute ( he works toward creating a dynamic multi-disciplinary research community in infection, immunity and biosecurity, with a broad emphasis on re/emerging infections and promting an ecological understanding of resilience, health and disease. He is a strong advocate for Australia to take a leadership role in coordinating enhanced regional health security efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. More information about Professor Marais​

Dr Paul Effler 

Dr Paul Effler is Medical Coordinator at the Communicable Disease Control Directorate, Department of Health, Western Australia. He provides epidemiological expertise to CREID, particularly in relation to influenza and dengue, and assists with the linking of the metagenomic data to the epidemiological data. In addition, through his position within the Communicable Disease Control Directorate, he also assists with access to notifiable diseases, emergency department, hospitalisation and community surveillance data within Western Australia, and liaises with interstate colleagues for data from other jurisdictions. 

Dr Matthew O'Sullivan 

Dr Matthew O’Sullivan is a staff specialist in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology at Westmead Hospital and an early career researcher/clinical senior lecturer with the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity at the University of Sydney. His research is focused on investigating the role of bacterial genomics in the surveillance of hospital-acquired pathogens and in the prevention and control of hospital acquired infection. He has expertise in the development and application of microbial genotyping systems. More information about Dr O'Sullivan

Professor Dominic Dwyer

Professor Dominic Dwyer is Director of NSW Pathology West and Clinical Professor of Virology at the University of Sydney, with clinical and research expertise in diagnostics, viral genetic epidemiology, and pandemic influenza surveillance and management.  His influenza research includes assessing interventions to prevent influenza transmission in closed environments, and developing assays for seasonal and pandemic influenza. He serves on International, Commonwealth and State committees addressing policy and management of infections of public health significance. More information about Professor Dwyer

Dr Cameron Webb

Dr Cameron Webb is a Principal Hospital Scientist at Westmead Hospital and a Clinic al Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Dr Webb is an entomologist experienced in mosquito and mosquito-borne disease monitoring and management in coastal Australia, developing surveillance technologies for endemic and exotic mosquitoes and integrating mosquito management into urban planning and wetland design. He also has expertise on the impact that environmental changes will have on vector-borne diseases in Australia and will monitor and provide data on importation of arboviruses into Australia, as part of his study of their interaction with endemic and exotic mosquitoes. Cameron is an enthusiastic proponent of public health communication through traditional and social media platforms. More information about Dr Webb

Associate Professor Jacqueline Norris

Associate Professor Jacqueline Norris is a veterinarian and a veterinary microbiologist with experience in veterinary and zoonotic infectious disease research. She has worked within the laboratory infrastructure of veterinary diagnostic networks to conduct antimicrobial resistance surveillance and characterization studies across Australia in Staphylococcus species in animals using microbial genomics and phenotypic studies. She provides insights into the veterinary information distribution systems and diagnostic networks and access to drug resistant animal bacterial isolates. More information about Professor Norris

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