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Meet Our Team: Shaolin Han

Shaolin is a Post-Doctoral Fellow working with Tommy Lam for the Mosquito-borne Viruses: Epidemiology, pathogenesis and interventions program.

  • Her background

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in plant Protection at the South China Agricultural University, Shaolin further pursued a PhD in Science, specialised in behavioural ecology at the University of Melbourne.


During her PhD study, she investigated group contests in social insects, including contested resources, contest outcome and contest escalation by drawing insights on multiple concepts from Game theory, Lanchester theory and Geometric framework. She and her teammates finally confirmed that the conventional predictions developed from dyadic contests are applicable to group contests, and the individual response to contested resources is determined by the colony.

  • Her research at C2i

On top of behavioural ecology, Shaolin is also passionate in research about chemical ecology and diversity in Culicidae (mosquitoes). Currently, she is working as a post-doctoral fellow in C2i’s program - Mosquito-borne Viruses: Epidemiology, pathogenesis and interventions. Her research focuses on diversity of mosquitos, mosquito behaviours, and innovative techniques in mosquito control. In the long run, her research goal is to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne viruses by applying eco-friendly techniques.


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