Meru Sheel

Senior Research Fellow | Global Health Researcher
Australian National University
Epidemiologist (affiliate)
National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
Research Associate
University of Sydney

Canberra, ACT

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


I am a global health researcher and an infectious diseases epidemiologist with interest in health emergencies, emerging infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases. I earned a PhD in life sciences from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the Queensland University of Technology working on new vaccines for bacterial pathogens (group A streptococcus). I completed my post-doctoral training in parasite immunology with a focus on malaria and visceral leishmaniasis before transitioning into public health. I completed the MPhil in Applied Epidemiology (MAE program) in 2017, following which I worked at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. I have worked in several dynamic and challenging environments in Australia, Fiji, Samoan Islands, Bangladesh and the Caribbean - always waiting to run the field.

In 2018, I was awarded a Westpac Research Fellowship (2019-2022) to conduct operational research in health emergencies in the context of infectious diseases outbreaks critical for strengthening global health security and building resilient public health systems.

I am a strong advocate for gender equity and empowerment-based leadership -- and passionate about ensuring more women take-up leadership positions. 

In my spare time - I love running, cooking, and exploring art and culture. I love good coffee and red wine!! 

Meru identifies as culturally and linguistically diverse.