Centre Structure

If you would like to contact one of our Centre staff, please email us at whoflu@influenzacentre.org and we will ensure that your message is forwarded to the relevant person.

Centre Management

Centre Director Kanta Subbarao

Centre Director

Kanta Subbarao

Centre Deputy Director Ian Barr

Centre Deputy Director

Ian Barr


Surveillance

Serology

Heidi Peck

Head

Heidi Peck

The Serology division is responsible for:

  • Determination of type and subtype/lineages
  • Cell culture propagation and influenza virus isolation
  • Antigenic characterisation by Haemagglutination Inhibition (HI) assay and/or Focus Reduction Microneutralisation assay (FRA)
  • Genetic Analysis

    Yi-Mo Deng

    Head

    Yi-Mo Deng

    The Genetic Analysis division is responsible for:

  • Determination of type and subtype/lineages
  • Routine sequencing of selected genes
  • Whole genome sequencing
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Antiviral Drug Sensitivity

    Mariana Baz

    Head

    Mariana Baz

    The Antiviral Drug Sensitivity division is responsible for:

  • Phenotypic assays
  • Genetic characterisation of mutations associated with reduced sensitivity to antiviral drugs

  • For the latest information on Influenza Surveillance, please see the Surveillance page

    Training

    Professor Patrick Reading

    Educator

    Patrick Reading

    The Centre is responsible for overseeing training and support for overseas laboratories in various aspects of influenza virus identification, characterisation and surveillance. We are happy to provide technical advice and to work with partners to coordinate training of laboratory staff at The Centre or in country, as required.

    For more information on Training at the Centre, plese see the Training page


    Bioinformatics

    Naomi Komadina

    Head

    Naomi Komadina

    The Bioinformatics division is involved in a range of activities, including large-scale genomics data processing and management for influenza surveillance, bioinformatics training (domestically and internationally), software development, and research into influenza and other respiratory viruses. Responsibilities also include reporting to National Influenza Centres (NICs) and the influenza vaccine composition meeting (VCM).

    Link to GISAID can be found here


    Vaccine Development

    Heidi Peck

    Head

    Heidi Peck

    Surveillance data generated by the Centre is used to make recommendations for both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccines

    More information on vaccine development can be found here, and current vaccine recommendations can be found here


    Epidemiology

    Sheena Sullivan

    Head

    Sheena Sullivan

    Surveillance

  • The epidemiology group works with influenza sentinel surveillance systems operating in Australia to estimate influenza vaccine effectiveness and to understand the validity of the methods used to conduct these studies.
  • The group also works with collaborators around the world to compile vaccine effectiveness data into a report for use in vaccine strain selection.
  • We work closely with national and regional partners including the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US to provide training and support, and to improve influenza surveillance.
  • Research

  • The epidemiology group is engaged in a range of research studies primarily concerned with understanding biases in studies to estimate vaccine effectiveness and to understand the consequences of repeated vaccination.
  • We are involved in several sero-epidemiology studies, including a multi-centre cohort study of healthcare workers, to understand the immunological responses to repeated vaccination.
  • The group also provides epidemiological and statistical support to other studies both within Australia and internationally.
  • For more information on Centre Research and Education, click here.


    Research

    The Centre also conducts ongoing research into influenza, which can be seen in our Publications page .

    For more information on research at the Centre, as well as direct links to staff profile pages, click here.

    Immune responses to influenza

    Annette Fox

    Senior Research Scientist

    Annette Fox

    Early recognition and response to influenza

    Patrick Reading

    Professorial Fellow

    Patrick Reading

    Antivirals and animal influenzas

    Mariana Baz

    Senior Research Scientist

    Mariana Baz