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Science and Policy Advisor for China & Southeast Asia, EcoHealth Alliance | Honorary Professor, School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland

My professional focus is infectious disease emergence from wildlife, and associated threats to veterinary and public health. I have an extensive research background in the field of emerging zoonoses associated with bats, and played a key role in their identification as the natural reservoir of henipaviruses in Australia and southeast Asia, SARS coronaviruses in China, and Reston ebolaviruses in The Philippines.

I have background and experience in both government and university sectors, with roles including Principal Scientist for the Queensland Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Research Program Coordinator with the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Visiting Professor of Zoonoses at the University of Malaysia, Sarawak. I'm currently an Honorary Professor in the School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland.

In addition, I am Director and Principal of Jeppesen Field P/L, a consultancy that provides emerging disease and environmental health expertise to industry and governments in Australia, Southeast Asia and China. Internationally, I work with the US-based EcoHealth Alliance (http://www.ecohealthalliance.org), an NGO focused on wildlife, livestock and human health, as Science and Policy Advisor for Southeast Asia and China.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Honorary Professor, School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland
  • 2010–present
    Science and Policy Advisor for China & Southeast Asia, EcoHealth Alliance
  • 2004–2014
    Principal Veterinary Epidemiologist and Head, Queensland Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Biosecurity Queensland

Education

  • 2004 
    The University of Queensland, Doctor of Philosophy [The Ecology of Hendra virus and Australian bat lyssavirus]
  • 1980 
    Griffith University, Master of Environmental Science
  • 1976 
    The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Veterinary Science