Jodie McVernon is a Monash University Medical Graduate with diverse subspecialty training in Paediatrics, Public Health and Vaccinology. She has extensive expertise in clinical vaccine trials, epidemiologic studies and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, gained at the University of Oxford, Health Protection Agency London and University of Melbourne. She heads the Modelling and Simulation Unit within the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. The group uses mathematical and computational models to synthesise insights gained from basic biology and sociological research. These models advance understanding of the observed epidemiology of influenza and other infections in populations and inform predictions of the likely success of interventions to limit transmission and disease.