Professor Karen Day AM
Professor Population Biology and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Bio21 Institute
The University of Melbourne
Professor Karen Day is a molecular epidemiologist studying malaria parasite variation in humans and mosquitos by combining laboratory, field and computational approaches to improve control. She completed her PhD studies in molecular parasitology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and postdoctoral studies in epidemiology at PNG IMR, Oxford and Imperial College. She has extensive international experience leading field studies in malaria endemic areas of East, West and Southern Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea and South America. She is also an experienced academic administrator in medicine and science having held senior executive positions in Universities in the UK, US and Australia. Most recently she was the Dean of Science at University of Melbourne from 2014 to 2019 while continuing her malaria research at Bio21 Institute. She was made Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in 2018 and a Member of the Order of Australia AM in 2020.