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Dr Meru Sheel

Class Year: 2019

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The Australian National University

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: ACT

Focus Area

Australia-Asia ties

Dr Meru Sheel

Class Year: 2019

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The Australian National University

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: ACT

Focus Area

Australia-Asia ties

Scholarship Project

My research will explore the role of epidemiology, coordination and collaborative leadership in strengthening operational response to health emergencies in the Asia-Pacific region. I am particularly interested in designing and improving existing surveillance strategies for prevention and intelligent response to epidemics. 

Biography

I am passionate about global health and improving health outcomes for vulnerable and marginal populations and, love all things infectious diseases. Born and bred in India, and having worked internationally, I have seen the impact of less robust public health systems, and seen people live with diseases like polio and tuberculosis. These experiences have shaped who I am as a researcher and constantly motivate me to make a tangible difference in the field.

 

I hold a PhD in life sciences specialising in new vaccines for bacterial pathogens, and a MPhil in applied epidemiology. The combination of which has provided me with skills in conducting research and working on the ground as a field epidemiologist. I am a strong advocate for gender equity and mentoring young scientists (especially women) to engage in leadership opportunities.

 

I am excited about being awarded the Westpac Research Fellowship as it offers me a fantastic opportunity to build a program area of work that will span across research and 'on the ground' time responding to emergencies.

Skills & Expertise

  • Global health
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Surveillance and outbreak response
  • Mentoring and leadership

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