Exploring malaria parasite transmission and drug resistance in Cambodia using population genetics and Defining the fine specificity of antibody responses to polymorphic and conserved epitopes of the lead malaria vaccine antigen: Plasmodium falciparum cirumsporozoite protein

November 9, 2022


Dr Kirsty McCann, Associate Research Fellow, Genomic Epidemiology, Deakin University

Kirsty is a Research Fellow working in the laboratory of Professor Alyssa Barry in the school of Medicine at Deakin University, Australia. Kirsty’s expertise is in genomics, population genomics and parasitology. Currently she is using these skills to explore the population genetic structure of Plasmodium falciparum. Her current projects are exploring drug resistance, rate of malaria infection, associations between parasite diversity and antibody responses and looking at the correlation of parasite diversity and immunity with declining transmission. Kirsty completed her PhD at La Trobe University, Australia studying filarial nematode genomics. Her project focused on identifying an animal model to study river blindness, a neglected tropical disease caused by the filarial nematode Onchocerca volvulus.


Alessia Hysa, Post Masters Student, Burnet Institute

Alessia graduated from her Bachelor of Biomedicine in 2020, majoring in Infections and Immunity at the University of Melbourne. She has had a keen interest in the interplay between immunology and microbiology ever since high school. Starting her Master of Biomedical Science in 2021, she is excited to continue learning in the context of malaria vaccine development from her supervisors Professor James Beeson, Dr Liriye Kurtovic and Dr Herbert Opi.