Posts by Ian M Mackay, PhD

Ian M Mackay, PhD

Ian M Mackay, PhD
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Ian completed undergraduate studies in Medical Laboratory Science at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Between 1992 and 2015 he was a Research Assistant, PhD student, post-doctoral group leader, Chief Investigator and Associate Professor in virology at the Royal Children’s Hospital and The University of Queensland. Ian left research for a Supervising Scientist role detecting viral threats to the public’s health, for Queensland Health. Ian designs, validates and conducts investigations which support clinical and public health need, helping to discover and characterize known, new, newly identified and rare viruses. Apart from several editorial roles, he reviews for journals and granting bodies. He enjoys spending time with his family, cat and writing for his blog and is an avid Star-anything fan.

The Language of Zika Virus Testing

Abstract: When a new virus emerges or an old one re-emerges, one of the earliest conversations is about whether there exist good tests to detect...

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): A Primer

Abstract: Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a rare, acute and sometimes fatal human disease affecting mostly those who live in (or travel to) the...

Camels, Cattle and Coronavirus: the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Hunt...

Abstract: The prevalence of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in animals may only have begun to be appreciated.  The disease is well characterized, but...

Public Health and Emerging Disease Outbreaks: Why Talking to the Community...

Abstract: The keys to combat infectious diseases are out there.  Due to insufficient communication between key players, we still don't know how to compile all...