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Professor Miles Davenport

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Professor Miles Davenport is Program Head of the Infection Analytics Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW

Research Field:
Infection and Immunity

A full description of the Infection Analytics Program can be found at:


An updated list Professor Davenport's publications and experience are outlined on Researchgate:


Research Interests:
Although many acute infectious diseases are now effectively controlled by vaccination, we currently lack vaccines for many chronic infectious agents. These infections are of particular importance in the developing world, where hundreds of millions of people each year are affected by chronic infections such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. The Infection Analytics group aims to understand the basic dynamics and pathogenesis of these infections, how the immune system interacts with them, and ultimately how we can control them. To achieve this we apply computational and mathematical approaches to understanding and predicting the complex interactions between host and pathogen. These interactions range from the molecular level (how immune molecules such as the T cell receptor interact with viral molecules), through to the dynamics of infection within individual hosts, and finally to the level of the host and pathogen population. The group brings together medical biologists, bioinformaticians, physicists, mathematicians, engineers and computer scientists to tackle these fundamental questions. The laboratory has a wide range of collaborations with experimentalists working in different areas of infection and immunity. 

Broad Research Areas:
Infectious Diseases, HIV-AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, immunology, Biostatistics, Virology

Thesis topics for current UNSW Medicine postgraduate research students
Modelling the dynamics of HIV latency
Modelling the dynamics of malaria

Other Postgraduate Research        
A wide range of projects are available to eligible students with a strong background in quantitative disciplines (eg: physics / math / statistics / engineering / computer science / bioinformatics). No background in biology is required.

BSc (Med) MB BS (Syd) D.Phil (Oxon)

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
President, Australasian Society for Immunology 2009-10.,

Section Editor, Journal of Immunology.

Editorial Board, Journal of Virology

Specific Research Keywords:
Immunology and Infectious Disease, Virology, Parasitology, Vaccines, Mathematical Biology, Theoretical Biology

Field of Research (FOR) Tag: 
Infectious Diseases
Biological Mathematics
Socio-economic Objective (SEO) tags: 
Infectious Diseases
Treatments (e.g. chemicals, antibiotics)
Human Biological Preventatives (e.g. Vaccines)
Teaching & Supervision
I am available to supervise: 
Areas of supervision: 

The Infection Analytics Program uses mathematical, statistical and computational approaches to investigate treatment and immunity to infectious diseases. The major focuses of the team are on HIV immunity and latency, antimalarial treatment and immunity, and neonatal immunity. The team collaborates with around 30 experimental and clinical groups worldwide to use modelling to understand the dynamics of infection and immunity.

Currently supervising: 

Seeking students with a background in mathematics, statistics, or other quantitative discipline (such as physics) to join our team.

Supervision keywords: 
infectious diseases
mathematical biology
human immunodeficiency virus (hiv)
Media & Expertise
Areas of expertise: 

Immunology, Infectious Diseases, HIV - AIDS, Biostatistics, Virology, parasitology.