James Trauer

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Modelling of TB transmission dynamics in high and low burden settings. Software development for infectious disease transmission modelling.


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Personal profile


I am a practising respiratory, sleep, general and public health physician - and head of the Epidemiological Modelling Unit for the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. To-date, most of my research has focused on TB epidemiology and control, but my Unit has recently shifted its focus to include a strong interest in the COVID-19 pandemic. I also have clinical and research interests in cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, influenza, non-tuberculous mycobacterial diseases and behavioural sleep disorders. Methodological approaches used in these areas include deterministic and stochastic modelling, agent-based simulations, applied mathematics, Bayesian inference, statistics, epidemiology, health economics, computer science and data visualisation.
My Unit has close links to the World Health Organization, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and domestic Australian government departments. In collaboration with these organisations, I have developed several modelling tools to support policy makers and public health professionals to understand and fight infectious disease threats better. These projects have been undertaken in collaboration with countries including Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Bhutan and Mongolia.
I collaborate closely with researchers at James Cook University through our modelling platform for TB control in high-burden countries (the Australian Tuberculosis Modelling Network or AuTuMN) and have been on the Steering Committee of the TB Modelling and Analysis Consortium (the global body responsible for the coordination of TB modelling and epidemiology).

Research area keywords

  • Modelling and simulation
  • Epidemiology
  • tuberculosis
  • covid-19
  • respiratory diseases
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Applied Mathematics

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Research Output

Estimating Long-term Tuberculosis Reactivation Rates in Australian Migrants

Dale, K. D., Trauer, J. M., Dodd, P. J., Houben, R. M. G. J. & Denholm, J. T., 6 May 2020, In : Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 70, 10, p. 2111-2118 8 p.

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Heterogeneous infectiousness in mathematical models of tuberculosis: A systematic review

Melsew, Y. A., Adekunle, A. I., Cheng, A. C., McBryde, E. S., Ragonnet, R. & Trauer, J. M., Mar 2020, In : Epidemics. 30, 10 p., 100374.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Modelling the impact of COVID-19 on intensive care services in New South Wales

Fox, G. J., Trauer, J. M. & McBryde, E., Jun 2020, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 212, 10, p. 468-469 2 p.

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Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Cost-effectiveness of 3 months of weekly rifapentine and isoniazid compared with other standard treatment regimens for latent tuberculosis infection: a decision analysis study

Doan, T. N., Fox, G. J., Meehan, M. T., Scott, N., Ragonnet, R., Viney, K., Trauer, J. M. & McBryde, E. S., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 74, 1, p. 218-227 10 p., dky403.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Hyper transmission of Beijing lineage Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Systematic review and Meta-analysis

Karmakar, M., Trauer, J. M., Ascher, D. B. & Denholm, J. T., Dec 2019, In : Journal of Infection. 79, 6, p. 572-581 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)