Malaria and Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Group

Head: Professor Freya Fowkes


The group participates in numerous population studies in malaria-endemic countries, such as Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Thailand, through collaborations with national research institutes based in those countries.

The group centres on malaria immuno-epidemiology and focuses on developing and utilising immunological biomarkers for vaccine trials, disease surveillance and evaluating the impact of interventions for malaria.

Image: Malaria endemic area of PNG


  • To evaluate the impact of population immunity of the efficacy of malaria interventions and evaluating the impact of intervention programs on host immunity and patterns of disease
  • To develop sero-markers for population studies to define malaria exposure and transmission intensity
  • To understand the dynamics of naturally acquired immunity in children and pregnant women and how they relate to patterns of disease.


  • Evaluation of Malaria Case-Based Reporting using a mobile phone application in Myanmar

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

  • HMHB: The impact of nutrition, malaria and STIs on pregnant women and infants

  • Host and parasite factors that predict Artemisinin Resistance reservoirs

  • Immunity to malaria and infectious diseases during pregnancy

  • Immunity, drug efficacy and spread of antimalarial drug resistance

  • Impact of declining transmission on immunity and risk of malaria rebound

  • Optimal community-delivered malaria elimination models for the Greater Mekong Sub-region

  • Serological surveillance to identify mosquito exposure and malaria transmission

  • STRIVE PNG: Stronger Surveillance and Systems Support for Rapid Identification and Containment of Resurgent or Resistant Vector-Borne Pathogens in Papua New Guinea

Staff Members

  • Doctor Aung Pyae Phyo

    Doctor Aung Pyae Phyo
    Postdoctoral fellow

  • Doctor Daniela  da Silva Goncalves

    Doctor Daniela da Silva Goncalves
    Research Assistant

  • Desmond Gul

    Desmond Gul
    PhD Student

  • Eliza Davidson

    Eliza Davidson
    PhD Candidate

  • Ellen Kearney

    Ellen Kearney
    Research Assistant

  • Professor Freya J.I. Fowkes

    Professor Freya J.I. Fowkes
    Deputy Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health

  • Katherine  O’Flaherty

    Katherine O’Flaherty
    Postdoctoral Scientist

  • Merryn Roe

    Merryn Roe
    PhD Candidate

  • Doctor Win Han Oo

    Doctor Win Han Oo
    Senior Program Manager (Health Security)