Karen Day

Bio21Portrait_Karen-Day_webKaren Day
Dean of Science
BioSciences & Bio21 Institute
University of Melbourne

Professor Day runs a malaria research group studying the role that human variation and parasite diversity play in modulating the dynamics of chronic infection, in influencing susceptibility to disease and in regulating transmission from human to mosquito. She is also interested in the ability of malaria parasites to sense their environment by quorum sensing mechanisms to regulate the density of multiple Plasmodium spp infections as well as to initiate the production of transmission stages (gametocytes). The group combines genomics, computational biology and molecular epidemiology approaches to population-based studies of malaria to better improve disease control.