About

Research profile

Dr Tanya Russell is a medical entomologist whose research focuses on the underlying dynamics, control and surveillance of vector borne diseases. The underlying aim of Dr Russell’s research is to stop the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases globally, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific. Dr Russell has excellent leadership, staff management, strategic planning, communication skills and has the capacity to deliver translational research outcomes. Her publications have directly influenced policy development and malaria program reviews in the Solomon Islands, including support for the continued use of long-lasting insecticidal nets for malaria control despite concerns about recent increases in malaria transmission rates. Dr Russell has an extensive network of national and international research collaborators. Her field based research is always embedded with appropriate community support. The end-users are vector control management programs and higher level policy development. Dr Russell has 60+ publications, reviews for various international journals, acts as an Associate Editor for Parasites & Vectors and supervises higher degree research students.

Find out more about our research group here: https://www.aithm.jcu.edu.au/research/research-projects-and-groups/mosquito-borne-diseases-group/

Postgraduate opportunities

Potential Honours, MSc and PhD candidates are welcomed to join us. For possible scholarships and other funding opportunities (internal and external), see JCU’s scholarships database. Please note that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we cannot accept applications from international students who are not already residing within Australia.

Postgraduate (PhD and MSc)

Students interested in undertaking a PhD or Masters project should contact Tanya to discuss potential projects. Funding can be applied for through the Research Training Program (RTP), the James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarships, or an equivalent national or international scheme. Information and application forms can be obtained from the Graduate Research School. Closing Dates: 30th September of each year.

Honours

Students who have completed their BSc or equivalent and are interested in a Honours are encouraged to contact Tanya for potential projects. Honours studies can start in either February or August.

Interests
Research
  • The underlying broad-scale ecological process influencing malaria and dengue transmission
  • Support evidence-based control of malaria and dengue vectors
  • To improve vector surveillance systems in malaria endemic countries
Experience
  • 2011 to present - Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns and Solomon Islands)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland (Vanuatu and Solomon Islands)
  • 2009 - Research Fellow, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Research Fellow, University of Durham (Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania)
  • 2003 to 2006 - PhD Research Student, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (Brisbane)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Memberships
  • 2020 - Malaria Elimination Advisory Group, Ministry of Health Vanuatu
  • 2020 - Guidelines Development Group for vector control for malaria, World Health Organization
  • 2019 - Indo-Pacific Initiative Advisory Group, Innovative Vector Control Consortium
  • 2006 - Mosquito Control Association of Australia
  • 2016 to 2020 - Associate Editor, Parasites & Vectors
Other
  • 2020 - Lead author for Manual for Surveillance and Control of Aedes Vectors in the Pacific, The Pacific Community and World Health Organization
  • 2020 - Contribution to the Manual on Practical Entomolgy, World Health Organization
Publications

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Journal Articles
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 59+ research outputs authored by Dr Tanya Russell from 2008 onwards.

Current Funding

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

ACIAR - Livestock Systems

Establishing a network for surveillance of zoonotic malaria in Indonesia (ZOOMAL)

Indicative Funding
$517,020 over 2 years (administered by Menzies School of Health Research)
Summary
Aim: The overall aim of this project is to strengthen surveillance of zoonotic malaria in Indonesia, including evaluating the disease burden and associated agricultural land use changes associated with transmission, in order to inform public health control efforts. Objectives: 1. To strengthen national public health system surveillance detection and reporting methods; 2. To determine the distribution and burden of disease due to P. knowlesi and other macaque related Plasmodium species in Indonesia; 3. To evaluate agricultural, environmental, mosquito, macaque and human factors associated with zoonotic malaria transmission and land use change.
Investigators
Tom Burkot and Tanya Russell in collaboration with Matthew Grigg, Rintis Novivanti, Inke Lubis, Farah Coutrier, Nicholas Anstey and Bridget Barber (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Menzies School of Health Research, Eijkman Institute and University of Sumatera Utara)
Keywords
Plasmodium knowlesi; Anopheles; Indonesia

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Protecting north Queensland from Aedes albopictus, an exotic dengue vector, with Attractive Targeted Sugar Baits (ATSB)

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 2 years
Summary
Aedes albopictus, a documented vector of dengue, Zika and chikungunya, is one of the fastest spreading invasive species worldwide, and was first detected in the Torres Strait in 2005. This pilot project will lay the foundation required to assess the feasibility of Attractive Targeted Sugar Baits (ATSB) to control Aedes albopictus. The overall objective is to determine the frequency that mosquitos? sugar feed, a parameter critical to the success of ATSBs. This pilot data will be leveraged for funding to trial the use of ATSBs to stop Ae. albopictus from reaching the mainland.
Investigators
Tanya Russell, Tom Burkot, Kyran Staunton, Scott Ritchie and Thomas Swan in collaboration with Mutizwa Muzari (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Aedes Albopictus; Attractive Toxic Sugar Bait; Torres Strait; Dengue

ACIAR - Research Grant

Establishing a network for surveillance of zoonotic malaria in Indonesia (ZOOMAL)

Indicative Funding
$517,020 over 3 years (administered by Menzies School of Health Research)
Summary
Aim: The overall aim of this project is to strengthen surveillance of zoonotic malaria in Indonesia, including evaluating the disease burden and associated agricultural land use changes associated with transmission, in order to inform public health control efforts. Objectives: 1. To strengthen national public health system surveillance detection and reporting methods; 2. To determine the distribution and burden of disease due to P. knowlesi and other macaque related Plasmodium species in Indonesia; 3. To evaluate agricultural, environmental, mosquito, macaque and human factors associated with zoonotic malaria transmission and land use change.
Investigators
Tom Burkot and Tanya Russell (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Keywords
Plasmodium knowlesi; Anopheles; Indonesia

Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Pacific Infectious Disease Prevention (PIDP) Program

Building Capacity for Evidence Based Sustainable Vector Surveillance and Control in the Pacific

Indicative Funding
$5,124,884 over 2 years
Summary
This proposal will build the capacity of country-led programs for Aedes and anopheline borne disease control across Pacific Island countries to implement sustainable best practice surveillance and response plans based on a foundation of improved capacity and community engagement
Investigators
Tom Burkot, Tanya Russell, Stephan Karl, Kyran Staunton, Tessa Knox, Rabindra Abeyasinghe, Angela Merianos, Gregor Devine, Michael Nunan, Gerard Kelly, Lisa Natoli, Veronica Bell, Moses LAMAN, Adam Craig, Nigel Beebe and Leanne Robinson (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, World Health Organisation (Switzerland), Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Beyond Essential Systems, Red Cross Australia, Institute of Medical Research (PNG), The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland and Burnet Insitute)
Keywords
Dengue; Aedes; Capacity Building; Ministry of Health; Pacific region; Anopheles

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Stopping the Asian Tiger Mosquito from reaching mainland Australia with sugar baits

Indicative Funding
$5,000 over 1 year
Summary
Aedes albopictus, a documented vector of dengue, Zika and chikungunya, is one of the fastest spreading invasive species worldwide, and was first detected in the Torres Strait in 2005. This pilot project will lay the foundation required to assess the feasibility of Attractive Targeted Sugar Baits (ATSB) to control Aedes albopictus. The overall objective is to determine the frequency that mosquitos? sugar feed, a parameter critical to the success of ATSBs. This pilot data will be leveraged for funding to trial the use of ATSBs to stop Ae. albopictus from reaching the mainland.
Investigators
Tanya Russell, Tom Burkot, Kyran Staunton and Thomas Swan (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Keywords
Aedes Albopictus; Attractive Toxic Sugar Bait; Torres Strait; Dengue
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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.

Current
  • Larval density and adult fitness in Anopheles farauti: Towards understanding how larval control may impact transmission by adults (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Ecological Investigations and Control of Mosquito Disease Vectors (Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus) in the Torres Strait (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Defining the risk to Humans of Emerging Zoonotic Malaria in Indonesia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
Completed
Data

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
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