Tom Burkot


Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
James Cook University
Area of expertise: Vector-borne diseases
Email: tomburkot [at]
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Professor Tom Burkot is a Tropical Leader in the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Notre Dame (USA) and M.Sc. and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in medical entomology.

Prior to joining James Cook University, he was a research entomologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1991 to 2011 where he worked on the transmission and control of malaria in Africa and Asia as a member of the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria and the President’s Malaria Initiative. From 1988-91, Dr Burkot was based at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (1983-88) and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (1981-83). He has served as a consultant for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the World Health Organization on malaria, filariasis and dengue. As a National Research Council Fellow, Dr Burkot developed the first ELISAs to identify and quantify human sporozoites in vectors.

Prof Burkot has served on the Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel, the Vector Control Advisory Group and Expert Review Groups for malaria elimination that developed the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria Control and Elimination. Prof Burkot presently is a member of the Global Malaria Programme’s Malaria Elimination Oversight Committee and the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific journal articles, book chapters and other publications.

Organisation details

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) is a flagship research institute of James Cook University based in the tropics of northern Australia. Australia’s only dedicated tropical health and medicine research institute, AITHM is focussed on solving problems of importance to the tropics, leading to improvements in health systems and healthcare delivery, improved biosecurity, and enhanced health outcomes for Australians and our neighbouring tropical nations. This strategic plan builds on our existing strengths in basic, translational, clinical, and health systems research to define our priorities and strategic goals for the next five years. AITHM is committed to collaborating with our near neighbours in the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Papua New Guinea, the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. AITHM collaborates with our international partners in the areas of research training and the development of health workforces and health systems. AITHM brings together the research capacity and expertise of a number of research centres and key research areas to enhance public health, biomolecular, clinical, translational and health systems research. By facilitating cross-disciplinary research activities, incubating research and translating innovation into real outcomes.