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Professor Freya J.I. Fowkes

Deputy Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; Head, Malaria and Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Freya Fowkes (1)

Professor Freya Fowkes is an NHMRC Leadership Fellow and Head of the Malaria and Infectious Disease Epidemiology group at the Burnet Institute, Melbourne. She completed her doctorate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Oxford and post-doctoral training at New York University and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Her research program spans basic science, epidemiology, statistics and mathematical modelling and focuses on malaria in high risk populations and antimalarial drug resistance. She is involved in several multinational studies of malaria elimination and works with international partners, including WHO and the National Malaria Control Programs, to translate findings into relevant malaria control, elimination and surveillance strategies.

  • 2007: DPhil, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 2002: MSc, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
  • 2001: BSc (Hons), University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 2021-present    Head, Malaria Elimination Initiative, Burnet Institute
  • 2016-present    Deputy Director Maternal and Child Health, Burnet Institute
  • 2011-present    Head of Malaria and Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Senior Principal Research Fellow and NHMRC Fellow, Burnet Institute 
  • 2007-2010 Post-doctoral Researcher, Walter + Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • 2018-Present Chief Investigator, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination
  • 2019-present    Professor, University of Melbourne & Monash University Australia 
  • 2011-present Editorial Board, Malaria Journal
  • 2018 – date    Australian Society of Medical Research 
  • 2010 – date     Victorian Infection and Immunity Network 
  • 2008 – date    The Australian Society of Parasitology 
  • 2005 – date    The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • 2020 Crofts Publication Award
  • 2018 Frank Fenner Award for Medical Research
  • 2017 Crofts Publication Award
  • 2016 Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Bioscience
  • 2014  Burnet Institute Gust-McKenzie Medal