AITHM James Cook University


The primary objective of our highly collaborative multi-disciplinary research group is to improve vector surveillance to stop transmission of malaria, dengue, Zika and chikungunya globally but with a particular focus in the Asia-Pacific. Our One Health approach to understanding mosquito-borne disease transmission systems seeks to quantitatively understand the interactions between the mosquito vectors, disease pathogens, human hosts and the environment. By characterizing these complex systems, our research can improve vector control programs to eliminate disease transmission.

Our activities range from basic applied research conducted on campus at JCU, through to field based studies focused on understanding the vectors and associated transmission systems, and their translation into policy guidance. The Mosquito Borne Diseases Group is based at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, on the Cairns campus of James Cook University. Here the facilities include PC2 laboratories, state-of-the-art insectaries including  two large semi-field structures in the Mosquito Research Facility. Our team conducts field work in collaboration with local institutes and vector control programs across the globe including in Australia, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. 

To view an example of one of our research programs, click here.


  • Understanding the broad-scale ecological processes influencing malaria and dengue transmission
  • Improving vector surveillance systems in malaria endemic countries through development of novel surveillance tools and capacity building
  • Developing evidence-based control of malaria and dengue vectors