About Us

Infectious Diseases Epidemiology includes the study of the prevalence of infections in populations, the identification of risk factors, and the development and evaluation of effective treatment measures and prevention strategies.

The unit is involved in diverse areas of clinical and public health infectious disease research including:

  • assessing risk factors, frequency and impacts of infectious complications for community-acquired and nosocomial infections among various patient groups;
  • improving data on risk of infections related to contaminated environmental and water exposures in Australia and overseas, with outputs providing evidence-based science for safely expanding alternative water source use (rainwater, greywater, recycled water), for updating drinking / recycled water guidelines, and for the efficacy of preventive interventions;
  • benchmarking methodology for assessing major risk factors associated with imported infections via analysis of global sentinel surveillance data including COVID-19 and respiratory infections.

Heads of Unit

Professor Karin Leder
Email: karin.leder@monash.edu

Professor Allen Cheng
MPH, PhD, FRACP, Grad Dip (Clin Epi), MBBS
Email: allen.cheng@monash.edu

Our Team

Research Fellows

  • Dr Joanne O'Toole
  • Dr Fiona Barker
  • Dr Rosie Dwyer

Project Manager

  • Josphin Johnson  - COVID-HA project

Project Officer

  • Owen Eades

Research Assistant

  • Pam Hayes
  • Sopheary Iem

IT Solutions Architect

  • Moataz Mahmoud

Data Officers

  • Zainal -  (Indonesia)
  • Samuela Dau - (Fiji)
  • Maika Nativa - (Fiji)

Adjunct Appointments

  • Dr Robert Hall
  • Prof Leanne Robinson
  • Prof Brett Sutton

Current PhD Students

  • Stacey Rowe
  • Asma Sohail
  • Benjamin Talbot
  • Naomi Komadina

Honours Student

  • Jordan Akritidis


The Unit is actively involved in teaching both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and coordinates the Infectious Disease Epidemiology for MPH students (MPH 5303 and MPH 5218). Unit staff also supervise honours, doctoral, and post-doctoral students.