Professor Tania de Koning-Ward
Tania de Koning-Ward is a Professor in Molecular Microbiology at the School of Medicine at Deakin University. She obtained her PhD from the University of Melbourne and after two postdoctoral stints at Leiden University in The Netherlands, and at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne as a Howard Florey Repatriation Fellow, she established her own group at Deakin University in 2008. Here she heads the malaria pathogenesis research group where her program aims to understand at a molecular level how malaria parasites extensively renovate their host cell to secure their own survival and cause disease using genetic engineering tools on both human and rodent malaria parasites and in vivo models of infections as core tools to dissect key parasite-host interactions. The overarching goal of her research is to identify new molecular targets for drug development against malaria parasites. For her research, Prof de Koning-Ward has been awarded a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Medical Research.