Population Health and Immunity

Our division uses population-based and experimental studies to investigate human biology and disease.

Leadership and management

Acting Deputy Director
Division Head
Hugh Billings
Division Coordinator
Natalie Senzo
Division Coordinator
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Laboratory Head
Laboratory Head
Laboratory Head
Laboratory Head


We apply advanced scientific technologies to high-quality, well-conducted epidemiologic studies of human populations. This combination enables us to uncover fundamental biological insights that can lead to the development of new tools for treatment and diagnosis.

We are involved with a number of large clinical studies, including projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Bangladesh and Malawi.

Our work includes:

  • analysis of the effects of malaria on the immune system
  • studies of the role of the microbiome in development of diabetes and on child growth and development
  • discovering new genetic causes of epilepsy and stuttering
  • clinical trials in maternal and child nutrition and malaria prevention
  • designing new tests for infections for people living in Australia and the developing world
  • discovering new treatments for intestinal parasites and other infections

The division also includes the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Anaemia Detection and Control.

To contact the division please email, Division Coordinators, Hugh Billings or Natalie Senzo.