Chandini Macintyre


Professor Raina MacIntyre is head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW and professor of infectious diseases epidemiology.

She is an adjunct professor at the College of Public Affairs and Community Solutions, where she works with ASU colleagues on teaching and research collaborations within the Plus Alliance.

 She graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney with 1st class honours in 1988, and did her master's degree and doctorate at Australian National University (ANU), as well as a Harkness Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. She leads a research program in control and prevention of infectious diseases, spanning biosecurity, epidemiology, risk analysis, vaccinology, personal protective equipment, mathematical modelling, public health and clinical trials.

Her research falls under 4 areas:

1. Personal protective equipment

2. Vaccinology

3. Epidemic response and emerging infectious diseases

4. Biosecurity

She has over 270 per reviewed publications in medical journals and sits on national and international expert committees in infectious diseases. She has received many awards including the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal and Prize from the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. in 2007 for her work on bioterrorism, the PHAA Immunisation Achievement Award in 2014 and the 2003 Frank Fenner Award for Advanced Research in Infectious Diseases. She is best known for research in the detailed understanding of the transmission dynamics and prevention of infectious diseases, particularly respiratory pathogens such as influenza, as well as PPE, vaccination and vaccine-preventable infections. She has an interest in biosecurity and mitigation of bioterrorism risk. She has led a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence titled “Immunisation in under studied and special risk populations: closing the gap in knowledge through a multidisciplinary approach”. She has done many vaccine RCTs, and her areas of research in elderly vaccination include influenza, pneumococcal and herpes zoster vaccines.   

She also leads a new NHMRC CRE in Epidemic Response which is focused on improvement of systems in epidemic response. Within this her interests are in biosecurity, rapid intelligence methods and risk analysis.


M.D. (1st class honours), University of Sydney 1988

Master's degree. Australian National University (ANU)

Bachelor's degree. Australian National University (ANU)

Research Interests