Dr Susana Vaz Nery is an epidemiologist and public health researcher at the Research School of Population Health, Australian National University. She was initially trained as a neurobiologist, later becoming a malaria molecular parasitologist; and having lived and worked in several countries in Africa (Kenya, The Gambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola) and Asia (Timor-Leste). Her current interests are malaria and NTDs control in Angola, Bhutan, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Indonesia. For the last four years she has been developing a program of research in Timor-Leste, that includes STH control (a RCT looking at the impact of WASH and albendazole on STH infections; and a pilot study comparing school vs community integrated WASH and deworming), dengue spatial modelling and costs associated with tuberculosis. She is also involved in STH control studies in Angola and Indonesia.