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Professor John Aaskov

Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences


Professor John Aaskov
Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - CDA
Discipline *
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PhD (University of Leeds), BSc(Hons) (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, U.K.
  • Fellow of the Australian Society of Microbiology


  • Australian Society of Microbiology
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Australian Society of Immunology
  • Australian Society of Infectious Diseases
  • Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Asia Pacific Society of Medical Virology

Mosquito-borne viruses, Vaccine, Diagnostics, Molecular epidemiology, Disease surveillance, Dengue, Ross River virus

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research theme: Health

Research program: Infectious Diseases

Research areas

Population dynamics of dengue viruses: Populations of dengue viruses in humans and mosquitoes are very diverse. We are studying the nature and magnitude of this diversity to see how it influences patterns of disease and to identify the challenges it poses for vaccines.

Ross River virus vaccine: Ross River virus is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia and has caused a major epidemic in the Pacific. Ross River virus infection costs the Australian Health system more than $10 million each year. We have developed a vaccine against this disease and propose to begin clinical trials with a clinical partner in 2008. We also are undertaking the basic research that will underpin the strategy for the use of this vaccine.

Areas of expertise

  • Immunology
  • Virology

Current grants

  • Global Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance System
  • Dengue in Myanmar
  • Cook Estate

Selected research projects

  • Population dynamics of dengue viruses
  • Dengue in Myanmar
  • Dengue in Asia and the Pacific
This information has been contributed by Professor John Aaskov.


Teaching discipline: Life Sciences

Teaching areas

  • Life Sciences
This information has been contributed by Professor John Aaskov.


Director, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Arbovirus Reference and Research.

Major, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. O.C. Arbovirology Department, Australian Army Malaria Institute.

Consultant/Technical Advisor, World Health Organisation.

Consultant, Asia Development Bank; Laboratory Strengthening Project, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos; Dengue, Japanese encephalitis and neglected tropical diseases.

This information has been contributed by Professor John Aaskov.