Researcher biography

Dr Lord currently leads the Infrared Diagnostics team within the faculty of Science at the University of Queensland and Advanced One Health Diagnostics within Queensland Alliance for One health Sciences . Her research focuses on developing novel and rapid next generation surveillance and diagnostic tools for detection of pathogens in humans, animals and the environment including antimicrobial resistance and waste and for characterising disease carrying vectors. Her current specialisation involves the development of non-invasive tools based on spectroscopy techniques. She pioneered the application of near-infrared spectroscopy technique for non-invasive detection of several pathogens in mosquito vectors such as Wolbachia, Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya and for differentiation of morphologically identical mosquito species. She has recently pioneered its application for non-invasive diagnosis of malaria in partnership with the Australian Defence Force and Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil.

In the last 5 years, she attracted >$4million multi-site, national and international research funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, NHMRC, AQIRF and Grand challenges Canada as the Chief Investigator to develop rapid diagnostic and surveillance tools for international vector control programs

Current Research interests: Development of spectroscopy tools for ports of entry for rapid identification of exotic insect species, detection of pathogens in plants, animals and humans and detection of antimicrobial resistance/waste in the environment