Prof James MCCAW

Coordinator of Masters Computational Biology / Professor

School of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Room: 303 OGS
  • Building: Old Geology South
  • Campus: Parkville

Research Groups

Recent Publications

  • Robert Moss, Alexander E Zarebski, Sandra J Carlson, J. McCaw. Accounting for Healthcare-Seeking Behaviours and Testing Practices in Real-Time Influenza Forecasts.. Tropical medicine and infectious disease, 4, 12, 2019. doi: 10.3390/tropicalmed4010012.

  • Ada WC Yan, Sophie G Zaloumis, Julie A Simpson, J. McCaw. Sequential infection experiments for quantifying innate and adaptive immunity during influenza infection. . PLoS computational biology, 15, e1006568 (23pp), 2019. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006568.

  • Robert Moss, Alexander E Zarebski, Peter Dawson, Lucinda J Franklin, Frances A Birrell, J. McCaw. Anatomy of a seasonal influenza epidemic forecast. Communicable diseases intelligence (2018), 43, 2019. doi: 10.33321/cdi.2019.43.7.

  • Z. Wang, L. Zhu, T. Nguyen, Yanmin Wan, Sneha Sant, Sergio M Quiñones-Parra, Jeremy Chase Crawford, Auda A Eltahla, Simone Rizzetto, Rowena A Bull, Chenli Qiu, Marios Koutsakos, E Bridie Clemens, Liyen Loh, Tianyue Chen, L. Liu, P. Cao, Yanqin Ren, Lukasz Kedzierski, Tom Kotsimbos, J. McCaw, Nicole L La Gruta, Stephen J Turner, Allen C Cheng, Fabio Luciani, X. Zhang, Peter C Doherty, Paul G Thomas, J. Xu, Katherine Kedzierska. Clonally diverse CD38+HLA-DR+CD8+T cells persist during fatal H7N9 disease.. Nat Commun, 9, 824 (12pp), 2018. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03243-7.

  • M. Lydeamore, PT Campbell, W Cuningham, RM Andrews, T Kearns, D Clucas, R Gundjirryirr Dhurrkay, J Carapetis, SYC Tong, J. McCaw, J McVernon. Calculation of the age of the first infection for skin sores and scabies in five remote communities in northern Australia.. Epidemiology and infection, 1194-1201, 2018. doi: 10.1017/s0950268818001061.

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Current Postgraduate Supervision

Name Thesis title
Tiffany (Ngo Nam) LEUNG "Dynamical properties of disease transmission models with seasonal forcing, immune boosting and vaccination"
Alexander ZAREBSKI "Influenza modelling with applications in forecasting."

Past Postgraduate Supervision

Name Thesis title
Michael LYDEAMORE "Investigating the spread of Group A Strepococcus disease using multi-strain bacterial population dynamics models."

Current MSc Students

Name Project title
Thomas WALSH

Past MSc Students

Name Project title
Wing Yu LAM
Dacong LIN
Vincent PANG

Recent Grant History

Year(s) Source Type Title
2018 - 2022 NHMRC Centre Of Excellence Centre for Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination
2017 - 2019 ARC Discovery Mathematical and statistical methods for modelling invivo pathogen dynamics
2016 - 2018 NHMRC NHMRC Project Slowing the spread of malaria drug resistance by extending the lifespan of the artemisinin derivatives


  • Assistant Dean Graduate Programs
  • Computational Biology major coordinator
  • Master of Computational Biology Co-Ordinator


  • Postgraduate Programs Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • UGS Committee