Researcher biography

Dr Lord currently leads the Infrared surveillance and Diagnostics team within the faculty of Science at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on developing novel and rapid next generation surveillance and diagnostic tools for detection of pathogens in humans, animals and the environment 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 detection of malaria through tyhe skin in partnership with the Australian Defence Force and Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil.

In the last 5 years, she has attracted 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 tools for large scale surveillance of 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 humans and the environment