Associate Professor Meru Sheel

BSc, PhD, MPhil Applied Epidemiology (MAE)
Senior Research Fellow | Epidemiologist | Westpac Research Fellow
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Infectious Diseases 110309
  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Health Information Systems (Incl. Surveillance) 111711
  • Microbiology 0605
  • Immunology 1107
  • Pacific Peoples Health 111715

Research interests

  • Public health emergencies
  • Epidemic response 
  • Infectious diseases epidemiology
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunisation
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Development and deployment of vaccines for health emergencies
  • Immuno-epidemiology
  • Operational research in the context of international health


I am a global health researcher and an infectious diseases epidemiologist with expertise in public health emergencies, emerging infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases.

I earned a PhD in life sciences from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the Queensland University of Technology working on new vaccines for bacterial pathogens (group A streptococcus). I completed my post-doctoral training in parasite immunology with a focus on malaria and visceral leishmaniasis. I have an MPhil in Applied Epidemiology (MAE program) in 2017, following which I worked at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. I have worked in several dynamic and challenging environments in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region including India, Cambodia, Samoa, American Samoa. I have responded to international emergencies in Fiji, Dominica, Rohingya Crisis in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

In 2019, I was awarded a Westpac Research Fellowship (2019-2022) to conduct operational research in health emergencies in the context of infectious diseases and global health security.

I am a strong advocate for gender equity and passionate about seeing women in leadership positions. I am active science communicator and advocate for increasing STEMM-trained workforce globally.

In 2019 I was recognised as the Science and Medicine winner for 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians. In 2020, I was awarded the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Impact and Engagement. 


Past student projects

Epidemic Intelligence in South East Asia, 2020 - Kimberly Dunbar


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