Dr. Debbie Eagles

Areas of Expertise 

Deliberate Use of Biological Agents/Biothreats/Bioweapons

  • Invited member of OIE ad hoc group developing guidelines for Investigation of Suspicious Biological Events, 2017 (published online 2018)
  • Enrolled as an OIE and Australian Qualified Experts on the UN Secretary-General Mechanism’s (UNSGM) Roster for Investigations of Alleged Use of Chemical, Biological or Toxin (CBT) Weapons
    • Received field training 2016, Australia
    • Received Command & Control Training, 2018 UK CBRN National Centre
    • Attended as the only Australia Representative UNSGM action planning meetings: “International investigation of suspected deliberate bio-release: how to build operational capabilities?” and Friends of UNSGM Action Plan meeting; 2018, UK
  • Member, Australian Counter-Bioterrorism Laboratory Network (ABLN), 2017- current
  • Coordinator of tours and presentations to Australian Defence & Defence Science Technology personnel; multiple visits

OIE Reference Laboratory Expert, Bluetongue Virus

  • Invited Speaker, Regional Meeting of OIE Reference Centres in Asia and the Pacific, 2017, Japan
  • Invited Speaker, OIE Regional Workshop on Vector Borne Disease in the Asia-Pacific Region, 2018, Republic of Korea
  • Technical Committee member, National Arbovirus Monitoring Program, 2013-current

Field investigations and field epidemiology

  • Member of 4 person international World Health Organisation team investigating an outbreak of Nipah virus, Mindanao, The Philippines, 2014
  • Subsequent to the field investigation above, led an ACIAR funded project on the Epidemiology of henipavirus in horses and pigs in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines
  • Invited facilitator for the World Health Organisation’s Global Outbreak and Response Network (GOARN) Scenario training; Cairns, Australia, 2017; 24 participants from 12 countries
  • Invited member of an ad hoc group on Zoonotic Diseases: Updating the Tripartite Toolkit for national implementation of multi-sectoral approaches for Preparedness, Detection, Assessment, and Response

Application of diagnostic assays, including test validation & interface between epidemiology & laboratory testing

  • Co-developed and delivered 2 week program for a Regional Laboratory Network Workshop on Strengthening of the Laboratory and Field Epidemiology Linkage, 2013, funded by FAO and with 23 participants from 9 countries
  • Presented at multiple Emergency Animal Disease training courses for veterinarians and veterinary undergraduates, on topics ranging from specific EADs, AAHL’s role in Australian biosecurity, diagnostic assays and importance of laboratory/field linkages


  • External PhD supervisor for Shumoos Abdullah Said Al Riyami, Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne, Thesis title: Decision Support Tools for Vector-borne Spread of Animal Diseases
  • Advisor, Fabian Lean, PhD candidate, Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne, Pathogenesis of Bluetongue