Jodie McVernon

Professor Jodie McVernon is a Medical Graduate with subspecialty training in Paediatrics, Public Health and Vaccinology. She has extensive expertise in clinical vaccine trials, epidemiologic studies and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, gained at the University of Oxford, Health Protection Agency London and the University of Melbourne.

Professor McVernon is Director of Epidemiology at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture of the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital, and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow. She led the completed (in 2019) NHMRC-funded nationally distributed Centre of Research Excellence, PRISM2 –  Policy Relevant Infectious Diseases Simulation and Mathematical Modelling.

Professor McVernon leads two research centres launched in 2020:

  • SPECTRUM – Supporting Participatory Evidence generation to Control Transmissible diseases in our Region Using Modelling
  • SPARK – Strengthening Preparedness in the Asia-Pacific Region through Knowledge, builds on PRISM2

Her research group uses mathematical and computational models to advance understanding of infectious disease epidemiology and to consider the likely impacts of interventions to limit infection spread and burden.

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