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Centre for Biosecurity and Tropical Infectious Diseases (CBTID)

Close up of a tropical tree frog

James Cook University

The Centre for Biosecurity and Tropical Infectious Diseases works to develop novel methods for the prevention of infectious diseases. The Centre's two core research goals are to: to better understand tropical infectious diseases and develop new tools to manageand control disease transmission; and to better understand the interactions that occur between pathogens and their hosts (using ell and molecular biology, proteomics, structural biology and immunology) and from this to develop new vaccines and therapies.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Vector-borne disease biology
  • Vector-borne disease controls
  • Biological controls of mosquitos
  • Novel mosquito traps
  • Neglected tropical diseases
  • Immunological basis of host-pathogen interactions
  • Immunology of infectious diseases
  • Proteomics analysis
  • Proteomics and metabolomics of chytrid fungus (frogs)

Facilities and major equipment

  • Mosquito containment facility
  • Physical Containment Class 3 (PC3) laboratory
  • Physical Containment Class 2 (PC2) laboratory
  • Animal house
  • Protein Array Facility
  • Flow Cytometry facility
  • Quarantine facility
  • 500 MHz NMR spectrometer

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


James Cook University, Building E4, Smithfield, Cairns, 4870

Lead researchers

  • Professor Scott Ritchie—Development of optimised forest and bioenergy supply chain planning frameworks across Europe, South America and Australia
  • Ass. Prof David Lee—World leading research on Eucalyptus, Corymbia, Khaya, Grevillea and Acacia tree improvement
  • Prof John Herbohn—World leader in developing sustainable strategies for reforestation that form part of the livelihood strategies of communities

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
3 June 2019