- Jodie McVernon studied Medicine at Monash University and trained in paediatrics in Melbourne before commencing her PhD in 2002 at the University of Oxford (Paediatrics, Zoology) and Health Protection Agency, London. The work investigated an increase in invasive Haemophilus influenzae type b infections, using both standard epidemiologic analyses and dynamic mathematical models. She commenced an NHMRC post-doctoral fellowship at the Melbourne School of Population Health in 2005, within the Vaccine & Immunisation Research Group and a national modelling consortium funded by an NHMRC Capacity Building Grant. She received a Level 1 Career Development Award from the the NHMRC, commencing in 2009. Her main interests are social and biological determinants of viral and bacterial transmission and evaluation of immunisation programs that influence infection spread.