Alicia Ware

Honours student


Alicia is an Honours student at Burnet Institute and Monash University, working towards the development of a vaccine against blood-stage malaria.

Her current research examines the combined effects of protein disorder and adjuvants on vaccine-induced immune responses to malarial antigens, particularly EBA175.

Naturally-acquired antibodies to this antigen have been associated with protective outcomes to malaria, making it a promising vaccine candidate.

It contains multiple regions with distinct structures, including Region III-V which is “intrinsically disordered”; the effect of such structures in generating immune responses in humans is of key interest as they are common among malarial antigens.

Many previous malaria vaccine studies have demonstrated poor immunogenicity, highlighting the need to select appropriate adjuvants. Alicia’s work will examine how four different adjuvants can alter and improve such responses to an EBA175 vaccine.

This project combines Alicia’s background in immunology and infectious diseases with her wider interest in public health, particularly in developing nations.

Publications: The global impact of the emergence of multidrug resistant tuberculosis Eaton JL, Ware AA. Annals of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. 2015. Vol 16 no. 1.


  • 2015: Honours student, Richards Laboratory, Burnet Institute and Monash University, Melbourne


  • 2014: Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

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