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Associate Professor Leanne Robinson

Co-Program Director, Health Security; Principal Research Fellow, Group Leader, Vector-Borne Diseases and Tropical Public Health

Background

Associate Professor Leanne Robinson BSc Adv (Hons) PhD MPHTM is a leading vector-borne diseases researcher in Australia. She is Co-Program Director of Health Security, Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Head of the Vector Borne Diseases and Tropical Public Health Group in the Health Security and Disease Elimination Programs at the Burnet Institute.

With more than 15 years of experience in the sector, Leanne is a recognised expert in malaria epidemiology and implementation research for the control and elimination of malaria and neglected tropical diseases. She leads a highly collaborative and inter-disciplinary research program, with strong links to disease control programs.

Leanne spent 10 years living and working in PNG, holding a range of positions whilst on secondment to the PNG Institute of Medical Research. She prioritises strengthening the capacity of researchers and health workers in endemic countries and creating opportunities for masters and PhD training.

Appointments

  • 2020 - present: Member, World Health Organization Vector Control Advisory Group
  • 2020 - present: Co-Program Director, Health Security, Burnet Institute
  • 2020 - present: Member of PNG Executive Committee and Chair of PNG Technical Oversight Committee, Burnet Institute
  • 2019 - present: IVCC Indo-Pacific Scientific Advisory Committee
  • 2019 - present: ACE-NTDs (NHMRC CRE) Executive Committee
  • 2018 - present: Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Monash University
  • 2017 - 2018: Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Monash University
  • 2017 - present: Adjunct Principal Research Fellow, PNG Institute of Medical Research, Madang, Papua New Guinea
  • 2016 - present: Research Group Leader, Burnet Institute, Victoria, Australia
  • 2015 - present: Laboratory Head, Population Health and Immunity Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Victoria, Australia
  • 2013 - 2017: Head of Vector Borne Diseases Unit, PNG Institute of Medical Research, Madang, Papua New Guinea
  • 2011-2016: NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, PNG Institute of Medical Research/ Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • 2009-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, Vector Borne Diseases Unit, PNG Institute of Medical Research, Madang, Papua New Guinea
  • 2009-present: Honorary fellow, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 2009-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, Infection and Immunity Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Victoria, Australia
  • 2005-2009: NHMRC Dora Lush PhD Candidate, Infection and Immunity Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Victoria, Australia

Positions

  • 2019 - present: Principal Research Fellow, Burnet Institute
  • 2016 - present: Working Group Head, Burnet Institute
  • 2015 - present: Laboratory Head, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • 2018 - present: Adjunct A/Professor, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2018 - present: Adjunct A/Professor, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2017 - present: Honorary Principal Research Fellow, Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, Madang, Papua New Guinea

Qualifications

  • 2011: Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University, Australia
  • 2009: Doctor of Philosophy, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research & University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2002: Bachelor of Advanced Science (Hons), University of Sydney, Australia

Awards

  • 2019 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research
  • 2018 NHMRC Career Development Fellowship Level 2
  • 2018: Gust Translational Fellowship
  • 2018: NHMRC Career Development Fellowship
  • 2014: Young Alumnae Award, The Women’s College, University of Sydney
  • 2012-17: Craven & Shearer Award, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • 2011: CJ Martin Early Career Research Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2005: Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Scholarship, National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2003: University Medal, University of Sydney

Projects (4)

Current (3)

  • Evaluating a highly sensitive rapid malaria diagnostic in PNG

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

  • STRIVE PNG: strengthening surveillance and response for vector-borne pathogens in PNG.

Publications (70)

2020 (5)

2019 (10)

2018 (6)

2017 (9)

2016 (5)

2015 (14)

2014 (6)

2013 (3)

2012 (4)

2010 (1)

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2003 (1)

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