Thesis Proposal Review: The epidemiology of Tuberculosis in Australia and integrating whole genome sequencing for surveillance


Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and a major public health concern. A key component of TB control is public health surveillance, which has been further enhanced by developments in whole genome sequencing (WGS) technology.

WGS is able to provide greater insights into the origins, transmission, evolution and drug susceptibility of TB. All Australian jurisdictions are now moving towards implementing WGS for TB surveillance. However, progress is still required for the adoption, national standardisation and integration of WGS into public health.

The focus of this PhD project is the epidemiology of TB in Australia and integrating WGS for public health surveillance.


Daisy WangDaisy is a PhD candidate at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. She holds a Bachelor of Medical Science from ANU and a First Class Honours from the Kirby Institute, UNSW. She has previously worked in science policy and currently works at CSIRO as a communications advisor with a focus on government engagement. In her free time, Daisy enjoys painting, ultimate frisbee, and good food.