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Professor Stuart Blacksell

Professor Stuart Blacksell

Podcast interview

Acurately diagnosing infections is particularly challenging in tropical environments. Researchers at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) are working to develop effective and practical means of diagnosing and treating malaria and other neglected tropical diseases, such as dengue fever. The development of rapid tests for dengue, similar to pregnancy tests, allow rapid and acurate diagnostics in the field.

Stuart Blacksell

Associate Professor


Adjunct Associate Professor Stuart Blacksell is an Australian and has been actively been involved in studies in Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China) since 1989. He been a member of Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford since August 2001 and is based at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) in Bangkok, Thailand. From 1983-2001, prior to moving to the University of Oxford, he worked at the Biological Safety Level 4 (BSL 4) CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, as well as the organisation’s Thai and Lao-based projects. He holds Bachelor of Applied Science (Charles Sturt University), Master of Public Health and PhD degrees (both University of Queensland). He is also qualified as a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) by the American Biological Safety Association. He also holds Adjunct Associate Professorships at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland and School of Veterinary & Biomedical Science, Murdoch University in Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Microbiology.

He is a senior microbiologist at MORU and has research studies investigating the improved diagnosis of tropical infections such as dengue and scrub typhus and evaluations of commericial point of care assays for tropical illnesses. He also has a strong interest in promoting biosafety in Asia. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 scientific papers in international journals and book chapters.

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