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Karin graduated in medicine from Monash University in 1990 and undertook her medical specialist training in infectious diseases at Fairfield Hospital and Monash Medical Centre. She spent 3 years as an Infectious Disease Fellow at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston and completed a Master of Public Health at Harvard University. Her specific areas of interest include traveller's health, health issues in immigrants and refugees, and waterborne infections. Karin is on the Board of the International Society of Travel Medicine, she is the head of the Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Unit and also works as a visiting specialist physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.


  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Travel Medicine
  • Waterborne Disease

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Projects 2005 2023

Research Output 1998 2019

Impact of a Large-Scale Handwashing Intervention on Reported Respiratory Illness: Findings from a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

Najnin, N., Leder, K., Forbes, A., Unicomb, L., Winch, P. J., Ram, P. K., Nizame, F. A., Arman, S., Begum, F., Biswas, S., Cravioto, A. & Luby, S. P., 6 Mar 2019, In : The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 100, 3, p. 742-749 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Influenza and pertussis vaccination of women during pregnancy in Victoria, 2015–2017

Rowe, S. L., Perrett, K. P., Morey, R., Stephens, N., Cowie, B. C., Nolan, T. M., Leder, K., Pitcher, H., Sutton, B. & Cheng, A. C., 21 Apr 2019, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 210, 10, p. 454-462 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Performance of riverbank filtration under hydrogeologic conditions along the upper Krishna River in southern India

Boving, T. B., Patil, K., D'Souza, F., Barker, S. F., McGuinness, S. L., O'Toole, J., Sinclair, M., Forbes, A. B. & Leder, K., 2019, In : Water (Switzerland). 11, 1, 17 p., 12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Socioeconomic disparities and infection: it's complicated

Gibney, K. B. & Leder, K., 1 Feb 2019, In : The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 19, 2, p. 116-117 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Spectrum of illness among returned Australian travellers from Bali, Indonesia: a 5-year retrospective observational study

Sohail, A., McGuinness, S. L., Lightowler, R., Leder, K., Jomon, B., Bain, C. A. & Peleg, A. Y., 1 Jan 2019, In : Internal Medicine Journal. 49, 1, p. 34-40 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review