Researcher biography

Associate Professor Benn Sartorius is an established spatial and global health epidemiologist, with a particular interest in the burden of infectious disease and attributable determinants at sub-national, national and global scales as a tool to help inform and optimise policy at national and subnational scales. Dr Sartorius is a principal research fellow in UQ's ODeSI team at University of Queensland, a NHMRC Leadership fellow (from 2025), an affiliate professor in Department of Health Metric Sciences at University of Washington and a honorary visiting research fellow at University of Oxford.


Prior to joining UQ, Dr Sartorius was the principal investigator for the Global Research on Antimicrobial Resistance (GRAM) project based in the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at University of Oxford, lead a research team of >10 researchers with collaborators in >50 countries. Dr Sartorius is an international authority in spatial-temporal modelling of priority infectious diseases (>350 publications, ~$20M in grants, cited in >170 policy documents).  His research also focuses on the spatial-temporal burden and risk factors of priority infectious diseases in Africa, Australia, and the Pacific, including mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, neglected tropical diseases such as soil-transmitted helminths and the filarial parasites that cause river blindness. He has been a collaborator on the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project since 2014 and the Scientific Council for the GBD Project since 2015, a member of the WHO Reference Group on Health Statistics (RGHS) and chair of the Age-Specific Mortality Estimation and Life Table Computation task force.



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