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Professor in Mathematical Biology, The University of Melbourne

James McCaw is a mathematical biologist and epidemiologist and past Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2011 – 15) at the University of Melbourne. After obtaining a PhD in theoretical physics in 2005, he turned his interests to a recognised needs area in Australia – mathematical modelling of infectious diseases to inform public health policy. He now holds a teaching and research position split between the School of Mathematics & Statistics and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. He also holds an honorary appointment at the Peter Doherty Institute. Since January 2020 he has served as an expert member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, advising government on the epidemiology of COVID19.


  • 2018–present
    Professor, University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2017
    Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
  • 2012–2014
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2005–2011
    Research Fellow, University of Melbourne


  • 2005 
    University of Melbourne, PhD (Theoretical Physics)
  • 2000 
    University of Melbourne, BSc (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian New Zealand Industrial Applied Mathematics

Research Areas

  • Biological Mathematics (010202)
  • Epidemiology (111706)