Dr Emma Hobbs is a post doctoral researcher and One Health veterinarian working with the ‘Beating Buruli in Victoria’ research project. This collaborative NHMRC-funded project, led by the Doherty Institute in partnership with the Victorian Department of Health, the University of Melbourne, Austin Health, Barwon Health, Agriculture Victoria and the Mornington Peninsula Shire aims to investigate transmission of Buruli ulcer at the human, animal (mosquitoes and possums) and environmental interface in Victoria, and to determine effective ways to reduce and prevent human cases of the disease.
Over the past 10-plus years, Emma has gained extensive experience in field-based One Health research in low- and middle-income countries. Her PhD (2018) evaluated sociocultural, economic and biomedical impacts of human- and pig-based interventions targeting the zoonotic parasite Taenia solium, aka the ‘pork tapeworm’, in a highly endemic region of eastern Zambia. She has also conducted international development and capacity-building projects in south-east Asia during her roles with CSIRO Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (formerly AAHL) and the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Emerging Infectious Diseases. Emma has published seven first-author research articles to date and regularly presents at international scientific conferences.