Dr. María Eugenia (Maru) Castellanos Reynosa is a Lecturer in Epidemiology at the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. 

Maru is an epidemiologist and medical microbiologist with over 13 years of experience in the research of infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis, malaria and HIV.  She has expertise in the data collection, analysis and implementation of epidemiological studies in low-income settings as shown by her work in Africa and Latin America. She has a BSc in Chemical Biology (Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala), a Master in Medical Microbiology (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kindom) and a PhD in Epidemiology (University of Georgia, United States).

Maru is a member of The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH),  the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

Current funded projects:

1. Clinical characteristics and outcomes of HIV patients co-infected with tuberculosis and histoplasmosis in an urban Latin American setting.  RSTMH's  2021 Small Grants Programme.   Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK.

2.  Research capacity building for control of neglected tropical diseases: A path for sustainable societies in the tropics. This project is being provided under The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's International Relations Grant Program as part of the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) Grant Round 2021-2022.


A consultant for the PacMOSSI consortium members at JCU, WHO and national vector-borne disease control programs in Pacific Island countries and areas (PICs). Supporting the review and development of national vector surveillance and control plans.

  • HS2402: Health Professional Research 1 (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • HS2405: Health Professional Research 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • HS3401: Health Professional Research 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • TM5501: Tropical Medicine (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5515: Epidemiology for Public Health (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5525: Communicable Disease Control (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5578: Emerging Public Health Threats (Level 5; TSV)
  • Tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, global health, infectious diseases epidemiology, diagnostics, molecular epidemiology.
  • Infectious diseases epidemiology, public health, medical microbiology, introduction to epidemiology, clinical laboratory.
  • 2021 to present - Lecturer Epidemiology, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2019 to 2021 - Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Georgia (Georgia, Unites States of America)
  • 2014 to 2019 - Research Assistant, University of Georgia (Georgia, Unites States of America)
  • 2008 to 2014 - Research Assistant, Universidad del Valle (Guatemala, Guatemala)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2023 - Teaching Excellence-Colleague' View College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences James Cook University, Australia
  • 2018 - Dissertation Completion Award, Graduate School, University of Georgia.
  • 2013 - Fulbright LASPAU Faculty Development Program in the United States.
  • 2011 - Top 3 Best Posters by Young Researchers. 7th European Congress on Tropical Medicine & International Health. Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2008 - Honor Roll in MSc Medical Microbiology. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and University of Liverpool.
  • 2016 to 2018 - Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Program.
  • 2021 - Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • 2020 - International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
  • 2020 - The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • 2019 - University of Georgia’s Beta Chi Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society.
  • 2018 - Reviewer PLOS ONE
  • 2016 - Society for Epidemiological Research

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 27+ research outputs authored by Dr Maria Castellanos Reynosa from 2012 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR)

Research capacity building for control of neglected tropical diseases: A path for sustainable societies on the tropics

Indicative Funding
$25,760 over 1 year
The international community has pledged through the Sustainable Development Goals to eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2030. NTDs are distributed in several regions in the world, including Oceania and The Americas, and are estimated to affect close to 2 billion people. Guatemala and Queensland, Australia share similar ecological and tropical environments that enhances their susceptibility to epidemics caused by NTDs, particularly considering the effect of climate change. The Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) and James Cook University (JCU) will conduct a project to build NTDs data analysis capacity and support the efforts of early and middle career researchers to conduct collaborative research in Australia and Guatemala. The project consists of a mixture of online workshops and online research meetings.
Maria Castellanos Reynosa, Theophilus Emeto, Oyelola Adegboye and Faith Alele (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Neglected tropical diseases; Capacity building; Global Health; Tropics; Latin America

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • International Travel and medical events - an Australian travelinsurance perspective in the Covid-19 era (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Climate change and the Incidence of Bacteraemia and Antimicrobial Resistance from Foodborne Pathogens in Queensland, Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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