Current MPAC members

Professor Tom Burkot

Professor and Tropical Leader, Australian Institute for Topical Health and Medicine James Cook University, Cairns, Australia

Professor Tom Burkot, Member of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)
Mark Henley/ WHO 2017

Professor Tom Burkot is a Tropical Leader in the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Notre Dame (USA) and M.Sc. and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in medical entomology.

Prior to joining James Cook University, he was a research entomologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1991 to 2011 where he worked on the transmission and control of malaria in Africa and Asia as a member of the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria and the President’s Malaria Initiative. From 1988–91, Professor Burkot was based at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (1983–88) and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (1981–83). He has served as a consultant for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the World Health Organization on malaria, filariasis and dengue. As a National Research Council Fellow, Professor Burkot developed the first ELISAs to identify and quantify human sporozoites in vectors.

Professor Burkot has served on the Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel, the Vector Control Advisory Group and Expert Review Groups for malaria elimination that developed the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 scientific journal articles, book chapters and other publications.

Last updated: 17 February 2016