A/Prof Roslyn Hickson is a Science Leader for Emerging Infectious Diseases, a joint appointment with CSIRO. Her research is broadly on informing policy and practice through the mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, with a focus on emerging and neglected tropical diseases, through the lenses of biosecurity and One Health.

Roslyn completed her PhD studies through UNSW Canberra in 2010, where her research into the critical times of heat and mass transfer through multiple layers was jointly awarded the Ria de Groot prize for the best female postgraduate student. Roslyn then became a Research Fellow with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University. In December 2011 she was awarded a four year University of Newcastle Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Roslyn joined IBM Research Australia in May 2014, and during that time she was named one of twenty finalists for the EmTech Asia Innovators Under 35 list by MIT Technology Review in both 2016 and 2017. Roslyn joined The University of Melbourne as an Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination Research Fellow in July 2018. She was awarded one of the Victorian Young Tall Poppies in 2018. She was a member of the team awarded the 2020 Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Award for Excellence in Research and Development.

Roslyn is lucky to be an active member or honorary for a number of fantastic research centres, including:

  • MA3211: Mathematical Modelling and Differential Equations (Level 3; TSV)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 27+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Roslyn Hickson from 2012 onwards.

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

CSIRO - Al for Missions Postgraduate Program

AI/ML-based risk prediction for zoonotic spillover

Indicative Funding
$164,250 over 3 years
More than 70 per cent of emerging infectious diseases are transmitted from animals to humans, and their incidence has tripled over the past 50 years. Predicting future spillover risks are increasingly crucial to human health and wellbeing, and economic stability. This project focuses on developing computationally efficient AI/ML algorithms to leverage large spatiotemporal environmental, human, and animal data sets for the purpose of predicting spillover risk. The main objectives of this project are to identify ? key reservoir hosts that increase the chance of zoonotic spillovers, ? the pathogens that are most likely to emerge, ? geographic origins of a potential future pandemic, and ? use process-based approaches to supplement and help correct biases of the data-based AI/ML approaches. We expect these models and results to contribute to the early warning and decision support systems on our paths to impact.
Sania Qureshi, Roslyn Hickson, Maryam Golchin, Carla Ewels, Andrew Hoskins and Anjana Karawita (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and College of Science & Engineering)
Biosecurity; Emerging infectious diseases; Zoonoses; Machine learning; Artificial Intelligence

CSIRO - Infectious Disease Resilience Mission

Improving capacity for emerging infectious diseases research and surveillance in the Indo-Pacific

Indicative Funding
$300,000 over 3 years
Through this initiative, a One-Health approach will be used to improve emerging infectious diseases research and surveillance in a selected country in the Indo-Pacific, thereby improving national and regional biosecurity. In collaboration with an identified regional partner, a Research Fellow will be recruited to be embedded in the partner organisation to progress a co-designed research agenda, and help develop local capacity.
Paul Horwood and Roslyn Hickson (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Biosecurity; Emerging infectious diseases; Zoonoses; Indo-Pacific region; Cambodia

CSIRO - Resilience to emerging infectious diseases

Strengthening the JCU-CSIRO Partnership with respect to emerging infectious diseases and biosecurity

Indicative Funding
$88,840 over 4 years
These funds will be used to strengthen the partnership between JCU and CSIRO to expand our collaborations on biosecurity in Northern Australia.
Paul Horwood and Roslyn Hickson (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Biosecurity; Emerging Infectious Diseases; Zoonoses; Northern Australia

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Microfunding Scheme

Empowering North Queensland?s contributions to a national infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance decision support system

Indicative Funding
$20,000 over 2 years
This is a scoping study to determine the information and data requirements for effective and appropriate decision making for infectious diseases in primary healthcare. We aim to better understand the information needs of health practitioners across two remote locations in North Queensland, one remote (Torres Strait) and one regional and (Townsville), and one urban site (Brisbane region). These data identified information gaps will inform the drafting of a roadmap for effective clinical decision-support tools and development of a prototype digital platform for the assessment and management of patients with an infectious disease.
Roslyn Hickson, Teresa Wozniak, Allison Hempenstall and Brian Arley (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Torres & Cape Hospital & Health Service and Menzies School of Health Research)
Infectious Diseases; Information gaps; Surveillance; Antimicrobial Resistance; Decision Support

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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.

  • Modelling impact of Integrated Vector Management (IVM) and role of climate on malaria transmission. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Molecular and Metagenomic techniques to investigate the role of Bat Flies (Family Nycteribiidae) as Viral Vectors (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Threat of Feral Pigs as a Reservoir of Zoonotic Diseases in North Queensland (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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