Assoc Prof. Tania de Koning-Ward
Tania de Koning-Ward is an Associate Professor within the School of Medicine at Deakin University. She obtained her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1996 and after two postdoctoral stints at Leiden University in The Netherlands, and at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, she established her own group within the School of Medicine in 2008 just as the School was opening its doors to its first intake of medical students. She now heads the malaria pathogenesis research group where her program aims to understand at a molecular level how malaria parasites are able to extensively renovate their host cell to cause disease and secure their own survival using both human and rodent malaria transgenesis systems as core tools to dissect key parasite-host interactions. During her time at Deakin University A/Prof de Koning_Ward has been awarded a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Medical Research.