Burnet Diagnostics Initiative (BDI)

Director: Jennifer Barnes; Scientific Director: Professor Heidi Drummer


Learn more about the BDI

Burnet Diagnostics Initiative (BDI) is a commitment by Burnet Institute to develop the systems, resources, and processes to support diagnostics product development and enhance translation of its point-of-care diagnostics research into practical health solutions.

The majority of people living in rural and remote areas of the developing world have limited access to testing. There is a clear need for the development of simple, low-cost and accurate tests that are essential to improving the health of poor and vulnerable communities.

BDI is filling this gap for rapid point-of-care diagnostics that can be operated in the field without the expensive infrastructure of traditional diagnostics.

We will translate existing and new technologies to health solutions and maximise their accessibility to vulnerable populations especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Staff Members

  • Doctor Elsie Williams

    Doctor Elsie Williams
    Senior Research Scientist

  • Doctor Ewa Michalak

    Doctor Ewa Michalak
    Commercialisation Project Manager

  • Doctor Felicia  Schlotthauer

    Doctor Felicia Schlotthauer
    Senior Research Scientist

  • Professor Heidi Drummer

    Professor Heidi Drummer
    Co-Program Director, Disease Elimination; Scientific Director, Burnet Diagnostics Initiative; Principal Investigator, Burnet Vaccine Initiative; Co-Head, Viral Entry and Vaccines Group

  • Doctor Helen  Zihui Wei

    Doctor Helen Zihui Wei
    Senior Research Scientist

  • Jennifer Barnes

    Jennifer Barnes
    Director, Burnet Diagnostics Initiative

  • Doctor Lilian Hor

    Doctor Lilian Hor
    Senior Research Scientist

  • Doctor Peter Newman

    Doctor Peter Newman
    Laboratory Manager

  • Sarah Hess

    Sarah Hess
    Research Scientist

  • Shuning  Zheng

    Shuning Zheng
    Research Scientist

  • Stephanie Routley

    Stephanie Routley
    Research Scientist

  • Doctor Thomas Mikeska

    Doctor Thomas Mikeska
    Quality Systems Manager, Burnet Diagnostics Initiative