Raina MacIntyre is a Professor of Global Biosecurity and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney, Australia, and an adjunct professor at Arizona State University. She is a specialist physician with a master's and Ph.D. in epidemiology. She is a graduate of Australia’s field epidemiology training program and has extensive field experience in outbreak investigation and control.
Dr. Maclntyre heads the Biosecurity Program of research in the prediction, control, and prevention of epidemic infectious diseases, pandemics, and bioterrorism. She has led a large body of clinical trials, modeling and experimental research on vaccines, face masks and respirators for the prevention of respiratory transmissible infections. She has developed EPIWATCH, an AI-driven epidemic observatory that harnesses open-source data, searches in over 40 languages, uses algorithms to sort and prioritize data, and has proven capability in early detection of serious outbreaks. She advocates for the adoption of digital public health for epidemic detection and prevention as a means of early warning and overcoming weak surveillance systems or censorship of epidemic reporting. She has over 420 peer reviewed publications. She has received many awards including the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal and Prize from the Association of Military Surgeons of the US. She is on the editorial boards of Vaccine, BMJ Open and Epidemiology & Infection. In 2021 she was on a US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine pandemic consensus committee, and is currently a member of the WHO COVID-19 Vaccine Composition Technical Advisory group and the WHO SAGE Smallpox and Monkeypox ad hoc working group.