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Angeline Ferdinand

Research Officer
Microbiology And Immunology
Health equity
racial discrimination
Health program evaluation
public health surveillance
infectious disease control
outbreak control
life sciences & biomedicine
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Angeline Ferdinand

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Microbial genomics
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Angeline Ferdinand


Angeline has had a wide-ranging academic career that has focused on applied research that addresses complex problems of health equity, social determinants of health and the implications of new technologies in public health practice.

Angeline graduated from Cornell University in 2003 with a BA in Biological Sciences with a focus on Genetics. From there, she worked within Harvard Medical School to develop proteomics approaches to identify biologically relevant autoantigens and diagnostic biomarkers for prostate cancer.

After obtaining her Masters in Public Health from La Trobe University in 2006, Angeline joined the Evaluation and Implementation Science unit of the Centre for Health Policy within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Her research encompassed health program evaluation across a range of areas, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and migrant and refugee health. She has undertaken health program evaluations that span the breadth of local, national and international approaches. This includes complex place-based programs to improve the mental health of migrant and Aboriginal communities by addressing racism; a national-level evaluation to assess the delivery of disability services for Aboriginal families and communities; and an examination of genetic health services provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Angeline’s research has had substantial policy impact. Her work evaluating the Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) program garnered significant media coverage and was used to inform Australia’s National Anti-Racism Strategy. Her work developing a framework for ethical evaluation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs and policies is placed to form the basis of coherent practice in this area across Australia.

Angeline’s doctoral thesis, completed in 2019, examined Chilean models of Indigenous community participation in health and the extent to which national and international legislative and policy environments support their goal of Indigenous self-determination. Her doctoral research was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship and the Endeavour Scholarship.

Currently, Angeline sits within the Microbial Diagnostic Laboratory Public Health Laboratory. She is leading a world-first evaluation of the application of microbial genomics in public health surveillance and outbreak control. The evaluation aims to examine the contribution of whole genome sequencing in the control of antibiotic resistance and hospital-acquired infections, tuberculosis and foodborne illnesses.

Angeline has authored more than two dozen publications (3 in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric) and has attracted approximately 1.2million AUD in competitive research funding (in addition to two prestigious national doctoral scholarships).

Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Australian Government Department of Education


National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)





Research Officer

Microbiology And Immunology


Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne


La Trobe University


Cornell University

Master of Public Health

Cornell University