Dr Fernandes is a medical entomologist at the Centre for Animal Science at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. Her research focuses on mosquito-borne disease surveillance and specifically on the integration of new technologies into surveillance systems in order to create early warning systems for arbovirus outbreaks. She specializes in the use of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for disease surveillance. She is also established in the field of policy research for mosquito-borne disease control.
Dr Fernandes has an interest in policy research within the realm of mosquito-borne disease control. Therefore she is dedicated to assessing the practicality of new surveillance tools and assisting their transition into use by the public health sector. She is a strong advocate of Open Science and strives to foster new communication networks among researchers, funders, and policymakers. Dr Fernandes is also committed to advancing the field of entomology through offering capacity building workshops for junior entomologists and promoting the exchange of students among countries.