Associate Professor Jack Richards

Group Head, NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Infectious Diseases Physician


A Research Group Head, Infectious Diseases Physician and NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow with Burnet, Associate Professor Richards' research seeks to identify antibody responses that confer protection from symptomatic malaria and subsequent malaria vaccine development.

He has ongoing collaborations in Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste and continues to practice as an Infectious Diseases Physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has a particular interest in vector-borne diseases, tropical and travel medicine.

These activities are combined with an interest in public health, especially in determining approaches that can decrease global inequities in health.


  • 2013-present: Laboratory Head, Malaria and Tropical Diseases, Burnet Institute
  • 2011-present: NHMRC Research Fellow and Principal of Infectious Diseases, Burnet Institute
  • 2006-present: Infectious Diseases Consultant Physician, Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • 2006-present: Infectious Diseases Consultant Physician, Parkville Medical Centre
  • 2001-present: Health Information Services Medical Officer, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • 2008-present: Victorian Arbovirus Surveillance Taskforce medical advisor


  • 2011: Doctor of Philosophy, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, University of Melbourne
  • 2005: Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Infectious Diseases)
  • 2005: Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Hons), Liverpool University
  • 2004: Master of Public Health (Hons), Monash University
  • 1996: Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Melbourne


  • 2012-2015: NHMRC Peter Doherty Early Career Fellowship
  • 2012: Royal Australasian College of Physicians Cottrell Fellowship
  • 2006-2009: NHMRC Medical Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • 2008: Australian Society for Infectious Diseases, John Forbes/Developing Nations Travelling Scholarship
  • 2008: ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology: Network Researcher Exchange Award
  • 2005: Distinction for Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • 2004: Public Health Association of Australia Award for Excellence in Public Health Studies for the top completing MPH student from Monash University
    2004: Edelmira Peregrino Go Award, 1st placed student for International Health 2004

Projects (9)

Current (7)

  • Access Point Of Care Initiative

  • Antibody engineering to study responses mediating protective immunity

  • Building capacity and improving tuberculosis diagnosis in Timor-Leste

  • Evaluating a highly sensitive rapid malaria diagnostic in PNG

  • Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Deficiency

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

  • STRIVE PNG: Stronger Surveillance and Systems Support for Rapid Identification and Containment of Resurgent or Resistant Vector-Borne Pathogens in Papua New Guinea

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