Alan Cowman-Lab team

Alan Cowman-Lab team

We are an interdisciplinary team, combining expertise in cell biology, imaging, structural studies and biological chemistry. We collaborate with scientific institutions in Australia and internationally, including Monash University, Janelia Farm, Imperial College London, and pharmaceutical companies such as Merck & Co., Inc. 
We believe that together we can combat malaria. 

Lab team

Stella Kyvetos, Division Coordinator, Dip AppSc (Medical Laboratory) RMIT

Julie Healer, Senior Scientist, BSc (Hons) Glasgow MPhil London PhD Edinburgh
Project: Insectary management and vaccine development

Tony Hodder, Senior Scientist, BSc (Hons) PhD Monash
Project: Biochemical studies on the parasite invasion complex

Paola Favuzza, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, BSc MSc Palermo PhD Basel
Project: In vitro and in vivo studies for drug screening and development

Stephen Scally, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, BBiomedSci BSc (Hons) Melbourne,  PhD Monash 
Project: Structural and functional studies of the parasite invasion complex

Tony Triglia, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, BSc (Hons) MSc Melbourne
Project: Genome editing and the function of the parasite invasion complex

Wilson Wong, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, BBiomed Griffith BBiomed (Hons) PhD Monash
Project: Cryo-EM and structural studies on the parasite invasion complex

Janni Boding Christensen, Postdoctoral Fellow, BSc Copenhagen MSc PhD Melbourne
Project: Drug discovery

Danushka Marapana, Postdoctoral Fellow, BSc (Hons) PhD Melbourne
Project: Parasite protein export into the host cell

Michał Pasternak, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow (joint with Professor Jake Baum at Imperial College London), BSc MSc Warsaw, PhD Cambridge
Project: Advanced light microscopy and cryo-EM tomography 

Jenny Thompson, Research Assistant, BSc MSc Melbourne
Project: Drug discovery and resistance studies

Melissa Hobbs, Laboratory Technician, BSc Monash, Dip. Animal Tech. Box Hill TAFE

Bethany Davey, Postgraduate Student, BBiomedSci/BMedChem La Trobe BSci (Hons) Melbourne
Project: Investigating new antimalarial compounds

Benjamin Seager, Postgraduate Student, BBmed (Hons) Melbourne
Project: Biochemical and structural studies of parasite invasion proteins

Kitsanapong Reaksudsan, Postgraduate Student, MSc Chiang Mai
Project: Studies on parasite life cycle during transmission

Julie Verhoef, Visiting Master’s Student, BSc Nijmigen
Project: Superresolution light microscopy and live imaging


Super Content: 
Female scientist with research mosquitoes

Researchers have developed a novel class of antimalarial compounds that can effectively kill malaria parasites.

Microscopy image of malaria parasites in blood cell

Light microscopy at the Institute's Centre for Dynamic Imaging is giving researchers new insights into the behaviour of a deadly malaria-causing parasite.