Professor Burkot's career has focussed on improving how the insect vectors of human diseases, particularly malaria, are monitored and controlled. His team conducts basic research on the ecology and biology of the malaria vectors in the Solomon Islands in partnership the national malaria control program. The team is also evaluating two novel interventions to control malaria.  

Dr Burkot also orchestrates the work of 8 institutions and universities in the USA and Europe that form the Vector Ecology and Control Network (VECNet), which is creating an analytical framework for the analyses of the effectiveness of vector control strategies by creating a digital library in which all known data on malaria is assembled together with the means to parameterize multiple mathematical models with the data in the library, with the process being facilitated by intuitive user-friendly software.  VECNet is currently undertaking analyses using geo- and temporally specific data in the Solomon Islands, Kenya and Mozambique.

  • Understanding the ecology and behaviours of insect vectors of human diseases
  • Evaluating novel interventions for malaria and lymphatic filariasis
  • Creating an analytical framework to facilitate modelling of malaria control interventions
  • 1991 to 2011 - Research Entomologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Fort Collins, CO and Atlanta GA, USA)
  • 1988 to 1991 - Laboratory Head, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (Brisbane, QLD)
  • 1983 to 1988 - Senior Scientist, Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (Madang, Papua New Guinea)
  • 1981 to 1983 - National Research Council Fellow, The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (Washington, DC; USA)
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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 47+ research outputs authored by Prof Tom Burkot from 2006 onwards.

Current Funding

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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Beyond Thursday Island: Expanding the current Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) control program across the Torres Strait

Indicative Funding
Mosquitoes are uncontestably one of the deadliest animals in the world. Our project will investigate the Asian Tiger Mosquito (ATM), a major dengue vector in the TS. Outcomes of this project will directly benefit the people of FNQ. The overall purpose of this research is to investigate the ecology, distribution and dispersal of the ATM on islands in the TS. This project will gain information about the ecology, location and movement of the ATM on and between islands. This knowledge will form the basis for a potential surveillance tool for the ATM in the Torres Strait, which will reduce locally transmitted dengue and chikungunya viruses in FNQ.
Scott Ritchie, Thomas Swan and Tom Burkot (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Tropical Health; Dengue; Zika; Aedes Albopictus (Culicidae)

Verily Life Sciences - Contract Research

JCU Mosquito Trap Development

Indicative Funding
$544,184 over 2 years
To design and validate traps that are low cost and sensitive enough for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes that they can be deployed for both SIT release surveillance during suppression and elimination operations, and also for sentinel surveillance after elimination.
Kyran Staunton, Tom Burkot and Wei Xiang (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and College of Science & Engineering)
Dengue; Mosquito; trap; Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

The Regents of the University of California - Contract Research

Vector Control Technical Landscape Analysis of Papua New Guinea

Indicative Funding
The project will analyse vector suveillance and control activities in Papua New Guinea in both the private and public sectors to identify gaps that might be addressed through novel control strategies under development at the Innovative Vector Control Consortia using funding from the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Tom Burkot (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Malaria; Lymphatic Filariasis; Dengue; anopheles mosquitoes

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Grant

Technology Identification to Optimize Malaria Vector Surveillance

Indicative Funding
The proposed investment will undertake an analysis of vector surveillance in priority elimination programs against recommended surveillance practices. This analysis will include evaluations of data, programmatic capacity and technical attributes of the surveillance systems currently in use by NMCPs of selected countries. This assessment will identify gaps/limitations and constraints that impede present surveillance programs from achieving the implementation of best practices.
Tom Burkot in collaboration with Tanya Russell and Robert Farlow (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Vector surveillance; Malaria Elimination

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaboration Initiative

Tropical partnerships to strengthen health systems responses to infectious diseases threats

Indicative Funding
$2,000,000 over 2 years
The Asia Pacific Region is facing frequent threats from emerging and existing infectious diseases. The capacity to mount a timely effective response is compromised in poorly functioning health systems seen in parts of the region. The resulting vulnerability affects the whole region, including Australia. Strengthening capacity to prepare and respond to these threats is thus a shared responsibility. This proposal aims to tackle the problem through collaboration with institutions, researchers and policy makers across the region, building on long held partnerships.
Emma McBryde, Sarah Larkins, Archie Clements, Barend (Ben) Marais, Peter Siba, Maxine Whittaker, Tom Burkot, David MacLaren, George Milne and Richard Speare (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian National University, The University of Sydney, Institute of Medical Research (PNG), College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and The University of Western Australia)
Health system strengthening; Infectious Diseases; Epidemiology; Disease Surveillance

Intellectual Ventures Property Holdings LLC - Consultancy

Defining the Role of Intellectual Ventures in Vector Biology Research

Indicative Funding
$450,638 over 4 years
a) Review outcomes of the Vector Expert Group meeting which took place on December 16th and December 17th, 2014 and the consultation on vectors with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ("BMGF") which took place on January 5, 2015. b) Identify priority areas suitable for further developments by Client and IVPH; and c) Develop concept notes on identified priority areas, including recommended timelines, resource requirements and partners.
Tom Burkot (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Vector Biology; Malaria; Mosquito

Intellectual Ventures Property Holdings LLC - Contract Research

Development of a Vector Management Programme at Intellectual Ventures Labs

Indicative Funding
$339,277 over 2 years
To develop support for and development of a vector management strategy and potential program for the Global Health Technologies Organization of Intellectual Ventures Labs. Activities will be development of a mosquito monitoring and control programs with an initial focus on malaria vectors including development of target product profiles for potential interventions and their development towards field evaluations.
Tom Burkot (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Vector Control; Anopheles; Integrated Vector Management; Malaria

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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.

  • Defining transmission of malaria parasites from humans to mosquitos in Papua New Guinea (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Survey of Dengue Fever Vectors and its Serotype Viruses in Solomon Islands (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Ecological Investigations and Control of Mosquito Disease Vectors (Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus) in the Torres Strait (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • When World's Collide: Where and When Anophelines and Humans Interact Impacts Malaria Transmission (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Larval density and adult fitness in Anopheles farauti: Towards understanding how larval control may impact transmission by adults (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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