I'm an evolutionary biologist by training, but my current research includes field ecology, molecular biology, phylodynamics and bioinformatics.  I take a systems biology approach to asking questions about how our changing world (and especially urbanisation), is likely to impact infectious disease risk for people living in the tropics.

  • Urbanisation
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Zoonoses
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2019 - HOT NORTH Career Development Fellow
  • 2015 - ARC DECRA Fellow

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Menzies School of Health Research - 2019/2020 Hot North Pilot and Translation Projects

Portable genome sequencing as a point-of-care diagnostic test in remote tropical Australia.

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Respiratory disease, fevers, and sepsis are common in tropical northern Australia, and treatment often requires admission to hospital. We will trial new portable genome sequencing technology as a point-of-care diagnostic test for fever, sepsis, and pneumonia at Thursday Island Hospital in Far North Queensland. We will test the hypothesis that this new approach will increase the proportion of infections that are diagnosed and reduce the time it takes to achieve a diagnosis. Throughout the course of this project, clinical staff and health workers will have the opportunity to be trained in specimen preparation, genome sequencing, and data interpretation.
Cadhla Firth, John McBride, Joshua Hanson, Matt Field and Anthony Brown in collaboration with Simon Smith (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Medicine & Dentistry, Cairns & Hinterland Health Service District and Torres & Cape Hospital & Health Service)
Infectious Diseases; Diagnostics; Respiratory Health

Menzies School of Health Research - HOT NORTH Fellowship

Metagenomics for Pathogen Detection and Dynamics in Australia?s Tropical North

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$182,779 over 2 years
Metagenomic NGS (mNGS) can reveal features of the host response to infection, identify genes associated with antimicrobial resistance or virulence, and allow for real-time epidemiological tracking of outbreaks. Given the complex clinical and epidemiological landscape of Australia?s tropical north, mNGS techniques have the potential to improve diagnostic capabilities, reduce time-totreatment and exposure to unnecessary antimicrobials, and increase our understanding of the patterns of emergence and spread of infectious diseases in the region.
Cadhla Firth in collaboration with John McBride (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Metagenomics; Next Generation Sequencing; Infectious disease

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