Research Associate

Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen

PhD, MPH

medicine-health
The Kirby Institute

Dr. Xin (Jessie) Chen holds PhD in Public Health and Infectious Diseases from Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine at UNSW, and Master of Public Health (Specialisation: Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Control) from School of Population Health, UNSW. She is also a licensed medical doctor in China. Under the supervision from Prof. Raina MacIntyre, Dr. Abrar Chughtai and Dr. Sacha Stelzer-Braid, her PhD research is focused on the advanced analytical methods of outbreak investigation. She developed the highly sensitive risk assessment system (modified Grunow-Finke tool) for the detection of unnatural epidemics including bioterrorism events. She investigated the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak based on epidemiology, phylogeography and risk assessment to inform the epidemic response. 

She is working as the Research Associate at Biosecurity Program in Kirby Institute, within the Australia NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE), Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response (ISER). She is the member of the research team and Epiwatch Global Observatory which provides daily outbreak scanning to inform rapid epidemic response globally. Her research fields include disease outbreaks investigation, and risk analysis of unnatural outbreaks using methods of statistical analysis (SPSS, SAS), phylogeographic analysis (Geneious, BEAST, SpreaD3), and risk analysis of bioterrorism (Modified Grunow-Finke scoring system). These research skills have been successfully applied to the investigation of the past and ongoing disease outbreaks. An output of her research includes 19 published research papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals within the past 5 years.

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2020
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    MacIntyre CR; Chen X; Adam DC; Chughtai AA, 2020, 'Epidemiology of paediatric Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus and implications for the control of coronavirus virus disease 2019', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 56, pp. 1561 - 1564, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.15014
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Chen X; Adam DC; Chughtai AA; Stelzer-Braid S; Scotch M; MacIntyre CR, 2020, 'The phylogeography of MERS-CoV in hospital outbreak-associated cases compared to sporadic cases in Saudi Arabia', Viruses, vol. 12, pp. 540 - 540, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/v12050540
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Chen X; Chughtai AA; MacIntyre CR, 2020, 'Application of a Risk Analysis Tool to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Outbreak in Saudi Arabia', Risk Analysis, vol. 40, pp. 915 - 925, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/risa.13472
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    MacIntyre CR; Chen X; Kunasekaran M; Kannan A; Nayak V; Bayaraa K; Sitnikova E; Nguyen PY; German T, 2020, 'Tailored intelligence to detect unusual epidemic activity following the explosion at Vector, Russia', Global Biosecurity, vol. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.31646/gbio.85
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Kpozehouen EB; Chen X; Zhu M; Macintyre CR, 2020, 'Using open-source intelligence to detect early signals of COVID-19 in China: Descriptive study', JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, vol. 6, pp. 415 - 420, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/18939
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Nguyen P-Y; Chen XJ; Kunasekaran M, 2020, 'Rise in pneumonia cases of unknown aetiology in Kazakhstan in June 2020: a rapid analysis', Global Biosecurity, vol. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.31646/gbio.81
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Chen X; Bahl P; De Silva C; Heslop D; Doolan C; Lim S; MacIntyre CR, 2020, 'Systematic Review and Evaluation of Mathematical Attack Models of Human Inhalational Anthrax for Supporting Public Health Decision Making and Response', Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol. 35, pp. 412 - 419, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1049023X20000734
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Moa A; Muscatello D; Chughtai A; Chen X; Raina MacIntyre C, 2019, 'Flucast: A real-time tool to predict severity of an influenza season', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 21, pp. e11780, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/11780
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Kunasekaran MP; Chen X; Costantino V; Chughtai AA; MacIntyre CR, 2019, 'Evidence for residual immunity to smallpox after vaccination and implications for re-emergence', Military Medicine, vol. 184, pp. e668 - e679, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usz181
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    MacIntyre CR; Das A; Chen X; de Silva C; Doolan C, 2019, 'Evidence of long-distance aerial convection of variola virus and implications for disease control', Viruses, vol. 12, pp. 33 - 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/v12010033
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Chen X; Chughtai AA; Macintyre CR, 2019, 'Recalibration of the grunow–finke assessment tool to improve performance in detecting unnatural epidemics', Risk Analysis, vol. 39, pp. 1465 - 1475, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/risa.13255
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Kunasekaran M; Chen X; Costantino V; Chughtai A; MacIntyre R, 2019, 'Evidence for Residual Immunity to Smallpox After Vaccination', Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol. 34, pp. s129 - s129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s1049023x19002802
    Journal articles | 2018
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    MacIntyre CR; Costantino V; Chen X; Segelov E; Chughtai AA; Kelleher A; Kunasekaran M; Lane JM, 2018, 'Influence of population immunosuppression and past vaccination on smallpox reemergence', Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 24, pp. 646 - 653, http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2404.171233
    Journal articles | 2018
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Chughtai AA; Chen X; Macintyre CR, 2018, 'Risk of self-contamination during doffing of personal protective equipment', American Journal of Infection Control, vol. 46, pp. 1329 - 1334, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2018.06.003
    Journal articles | 2018
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Raina MacIntyre C; Engells TE; Scotch M; Heslop DJ; Gumel AB; Poste G; Chen X; Herche W; Steinhöfel K; Lim S; Broom A, 2018, 'Converging and emerging threats to health security', Environment Systems and Decisions, vol. 38, pp. 198 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10669-017-9667-0
    Journal articles | 2018
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Chen X; Chughtai A; MacIntyre RAINA, 2018, 'Recalibration of the Grunow-Finke Assessment Tool to Improve Performance in Detecting Unnatural Epidemics', Risk Analysis, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/risa.13255
    Journal articles | 2017
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Chen X; Chughtai AA; Raina Macintyre C, 2017, 'A systematic review of risk analysis tools for differentiating unnatural from natural epidemics', Military Medicine, vol. 182, pp. e1827 - e1835, http://dx.doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-17-00090
    Journal articles | 2017
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Chen X; Chughtai AA; Dyda A; Macintyre CR, 2017, 'Comparative epidemiology of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia and South Korea', Emerging Microbes and Infections, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/emi.2017.40
    Journal articles | 2017
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Chen X; Chughtai AA; MacIntyre CR, 2017, 'Herd protection effect of N95 respirators in healthcare workers', Journal of International Medical Research, vol. 45, pp. 1760 - 1767, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0300060516665491
    Journal articles |
    Ms Xin (Jessie) Chen
    Kpozehouen EB; Chen X; Zhu M; Macintyre CR, 'Using Open-Source Intelligence to Detect Early Signals of COVID-19 in China: Descriptive Study (Preprint)', , http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/preprints.18939

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