Dr Kinley Wangdi

MBBS, M.Sc (Trop Med)
Postdoctoral Fellow


I am a spatial epidemiologist with medical training. My experience with patient care of tropical diseases, particularly malaria and dengue in the southern Bhutan, reinforced my commitment to do research in this field to reduce suffering from these diseases. I pursued a master’s degree in Tropical Medicine from Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand and majored in Tropical Diseases Epidemiology.

For my PhD project at the ANU, I undertook operation research on malaria elimination efforts in Bhutan.

I also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU from June-December 2016. During this time, I have analysed a large data set from Southern Australia and undertook mapping of Alzheimer’s disease risk in healthy populations.

Currently, I am working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Global Health, ANU Research School of Population Health (RSPH) in collaboration with James Cook University (JCU) on the DFAT-funded project “Tropical partnerships to strengthen health systems responses to infectious diseases threats.” This project will evaluate the use of Health Information Management System (HIMS) including District Health Information System (DHIS) 2, in Solomon Islands to establish if they are fit for the purpose of vector-borne disease (VBD) management. The findings from this program will be used for the development of a spatial decision support system (SDSS) for VBD.


Research interests

  • Infectious diseases epidemiology
  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Use of modern IT to enhance health services


  • Wangdi, K & Clements, A 2017, 'Spatial and temporal patterns of diarrhoea
    in Bhutan 2003–2013', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol. 17, no. 507, pp. 1-9 pp.
  • Furuya Kanamori, L, Wangdi, K, Yakob, L et al 2017, '25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations and Clostridium difficile Infection: A Meta-Analysis', Journal of Parenteral and enteral nutrition, vol. 41, no. 5, pp. 890-895pp.
  • Wangdi, K, Banwell, C, Gatton, M et al 2016, 'Development and evaluation of a spatial decision support system for malaria elimination in Bhutan', Malaria Journal, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 180-180.
  • Wangdi, K, Banwell, C, Gatton, M et al 2016, 'Malaria burden and costs of intensifi ed control in Bhutan, 2006-14: an observational study and situation analysis', The Lancet Global Health, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. e336-e343.
  • Wangdi, K, Gatton, M, Kelly, G et al 2016, 'Malaria elimination in India and regional implications', The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 16, no. 10, pp. E214-E224.
  • Wangdi, K, Gatton, M, Kelly, G et al 2015, 'Cross-Border Malaria: A Major Obstacle for Malaria Elimination', Advances in Parasitology, vol. 89, no. 2015, pp. 79-107.
  • Wangdi, K, Gatton, M, Kelly, G et al 2014, 'Prevalence of asymptomatic malaria and bed net ownership and use in Bhutan, 2013: a country earmarked for malaria elimination', Malaria Journal, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 352-352.
  • Aung, M, Moolphate, S, Paudel, D et al 2013, 'Global evidence directing regional preventive strategies in Southeast Asia for fighting TB/HIV', Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 191-202.
  • Tenzin, T, Wangdi, K & Ward, M 2012, 'Human and animal rabies prevention and control cost in Bhutan, 2001-2008: The cost-benefit of dog rabies elimination', Vaccine, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 260-270.
  • Wangdi, K, Kaewkungwal, J, Singhasivanon, P et al 2011, 'Spatio-temporal patterns of malaria infection in Bhutan: A country embarking on malaria elimination', Malaria Journal, vol. 10, no. 89, pp. 1-8.