Doctor Karena Waller is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Karena joined the Department’s academic teaching staff in 2010 after completing 15 years in local and international malaria research. Today, Karena contributes significantly to the teaching and learning of microbiology and immunology to 2nd and 3rd year Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedicine students. In addition to her role as lecturer and subject coordinator, Karena is also the Academic Programs Coordinator, Majors Coordinator and the Exchange/Global Mobility Coordinator for the Department.
Karena completed a Bachelor of Science (with Honours; 1994, Monash University) before completing a Doctor of Philosophy (2001, Monash University) investigating the proteins interactions in malaria-infected red blood cells. After completing 5 years of post-doctoral research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, USA), Karena was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Howard Florey Fellowship (2005) to return to Australia to establish an independent malaria research program. Karena has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles, including some in the journals Blood and J Biol Chem. Karena completed the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (University of Melbourne) in 2011.