Professor Karen Day appointed Member of the Order of Australia

The malaria researcher in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology has been recognised for dedication to improving global health.

Professor Karen Day’s appointment as Member of the Order of Australia (AM) was made on 26 January, as part of the Australia Day 2020 Honours List. She received the honour “For significant service to science education, and to global public health”.

Professor Day currently heads a malaria research group at the Bio21 Institute and Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Her lab investigates the role that human variation and parasite diversity play in modulating the dynamics of chronic infection, influencing susceptibility to disease and regulating transmission from human to mosquito.

She has also made significant contributions to science education and the University community, having held numerous academic and leadership positions, including Dean of Science 2014–2019. In 2018, Professor Day was appointed a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, a title that recognises outstanding leaders in research and teaching.

Congratulations to Professor Day on this outstanding achievement.