Jodie McVernon is a Medical Graduate with 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 is Director of Epidemiology at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture of the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital, and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow. She leads an NHMRC-funded nationally distributed Centre of Research Excellence in Policy Relevant Infectious Diseases Simulation and Mathematical Modelling (www.prism.edu.au). Her research group uses mathematical and computational models to advance understanding of infectious disease epidemiology, and consider the likely impacts of interventions to limit infection spread and burden.