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Robert Booy is a Senior Professorial Fellow at NCIRS, having joined in March 2015. He is a medical graduate of the University of Queensland (1984), trained in paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and has held a range of positions in the UK. Professor Booy’s research interests extend from understanding the genetic basis of susceptibility to, and severity of, infectious diseases, especially influenza, RSV and invasive disease caused by encapsulated organisms; the clinical, public health and social burden of these diseases; and means by which to prevent or control serious infections through vaccines, drugs and non-pharmaceutical measures.
Harunor Rashid joined NCIRS in June 2011 as an epidemiologist in the clinical research team. He received paediatric training in Bangladesh, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UK, ultimately receiving, in 2009, his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of London for his thesis on Epidemiology of respiratory infections associated with Hajj pilgrimage, under the supervision of Professor Robert Booy. He is particularly interested in the epidemiology of vaccine preventable infections among travellers.
Meru Sheel is an infectious diseases epidemiologist and senior lecturer at the Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School, The University of Sydney. Meru has more than 10 years of experience working on infectious diseases with advanced training in microbiology , immunology and applied epidemiology. Meru obtained her PhD from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in vaccine development for group A streptococcal infection and rheumatic hart diseases. She completed her post-doctoral training working on understanding immune responses to malaria and leishmaniasis before transitioning into public health. Meru has extensive international field experience, having worked in Pacific Island countries, Dominica and Bangladesh. Meru’s research interest lies in understanding epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases and strengthening operational response and research to outbreaks of infectious diseases.
Lou-Ann is personal assistant to Professor Robert Booy (Senior Professorial Fellow) and also provides a range of administrative support to NCIRS staff.
Lou-Ann has over 25 years experience in various administrative roles within the Department of Health. Prior to joining NCIRS in 2015, Lou-Ann held the position of Administration Manager at a NSW Health statewide child protection program for over 20 years.
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