Development of novel point-of-care diagnostics tests and surveillance tools

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Burnet Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Philippe Boeuf 8506 2446 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
James Beeson 9282 2271 Personal web page

Project Details

There is an urgent need for diagnostic and surveillance tests that could be used in resource-poor settings. These include vaccine antibody testing (malaria, measles, HBV, pneumonia and others) to assess vaccine coverage in populations, and sero-surveillance tools for monitoring and tracking major infectious diseases.

Limited resources and health care infrastructure in many disease-endemic countries mean that tools for evaluating the vaccine status of patients, vaccine coverage in populations and for disease surveillance need to be simple to perform without a requirement for laboratory facilities or advanced equipment. The tests need to be semi-quantitative, have a long shelf life, be stable for periods at ambient temperature, and easy to perform and interpret to ensure their suitability for the specific conditions in resource-poor settings. The development of new low cost point-of-care tests for major diseases would facilitate major advances in disease control in resource-limited settings.

This project will work towards the development of novel semi-quantitative point-of-care rapid tests and investigate different approaches to improve sensitivity and quantitation. This will build on Burnet’s extensive expertise in diagnostic test development and strong links to communities that experience a high burden of disease and have an urgent need for new point-of-care tests.

Interested students should contact Arzum,

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Integrated Critical Care in Medicine

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.


Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Burnet Institute

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