PROF James McCaw

PROF James McCaw


  • Epidemiology (communicable diseases, pandemic influenza, pertussis, vaccine preventable diseases, surveillance)
  • Infectious diseases modelling and simulation (influenza, pertussis, public health policy development)
  • Mathematical biology (infectious diseases, viral dynamics, host-pathogen interaction)



  • James McCaw is a mathematical biologist and infectious diseases epidemiologist with a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Melbourne. He was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2011-15). He holds a split appointment between the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Mathematical and Computational Biology) and Modelling and Simulation Unit, Centre for Epidemiolgy and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. His interests span from modelling host-pathogen-drug dynamics, with a focus on influenza and malaria, to developing public health control strategies for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.   


Member of

  • American Society for Microbiology. Member 2017 -
  • Society for Mathematical Biology. Member 2016 -
  • Australian New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM). Member 2010 -
  • International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses. Member 2010 -
  • Institute of Physics (UK). Member 2001 -
  • Australian Institute of Physics. Member 2000 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2005
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 2000

Awards and honors

  • National Innovation Award for Civil Security, CivSec 2018 Innovation Awards, 2018
  • Innovation in Disaster Relief, Emergency Management and Humanitarian Services Award, CivSec 2018 Innovation Awards, 2018
  • Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research, Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, 2016
  • Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Policy and Science, 2012
  • Aileen Plant Memorial Prize in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Public Health Association of Australia, 2009


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Those interested in pursuing research projects (Masters, PhD) in the field of mathematical biology and/or infectious diseases biology and epidemiology, with a focus on either mathematical or public health problems should contact James. With appropriate background knowledge, project proposals on any infectious diseases' system are welcome. Particular expertise within the group lie in influenza, malaria and vaccine preventable diseases.