Dr Karena Waller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Deputy Program Director of the Bachelor of Biomedicine. 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 second and third 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. External to the Department, Karena sits on numerous School, Faculty, Institute and University Committees, primarily focusing on teaching and learning, student experience and engagement, and academic governance and program management.
Karena completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Monash University, 1994) before completing a Doctor of Philosophy (Monash University, 2001) investigating the protein interactions in malaria-infected red blood cells. After completing five years of post-doctoral research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, USA, Karena was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Howard Florey Fellowship in 2005 to return to Australia to establish an independent malaria research program. Karena has published numerous biomedical and educational research and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) articles in international, peer-reviewed journals. Karena completed the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (University of Melbourne, 2011) and has been a member of the University’s Academic Programs Committee (APC) and Teaching and Learning Quality Assurance Committee (TALQAC) since 2017. Karena’s excellence and innovation in teaching and learning has been rewarded with numerous prizes, from both the University and the Australian Society for Microbiology.
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Interaction of the exported malaria protein Pf332 with the red blood cell membrane skeleto..
Displaying the 20 most recent scholarly works by Karena Waller.
Plasmodium falciparum Purine Nucleoside Phosphorylase Is Critical for Viability of Malaria Parasites
Dennis C Madrid, Li-Min Ting, Karena L Waller, Vern L Schramm, Kami Kim
Journal article | 2008 | Journal of Biological Chemistry
Human malaria infections resulting from Plasmodium falciparum have become increasingly difficult to treat due to the emergence of ..
Interactions of Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 3 with the red blood cell membrane skeleton
Karena L Waller, Lisa M Stubberfield, Valentina Dubljevic, Wataru Nunomura, Xuili An, Anthony J Mason, Narla Mohandas, Brian M Cooke, Ross L Coppel
Journal article | 2007 | Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes
Plasmodium falciparum Pf34, a novel GPI-anchored rhoptry protein found in detergent-resistant microdomains
Nicholas I Proellocks, Svetozar Kovacevic, David JP Ferguson, Lev M Kats, Belinda J Morahan, Casilda G Black, Karena L Waller, Ross L Coppel
Journal article | 2007 | International Journal for Parasitology
Chloroquine resistance modulated in vitro by expression levels of the Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance transporter
KL Waller, RA Muhle, LM Ursos, P Horrocks, D Verdier-Pinard, ABS Sidhu, H Fujioka, PD Roepe, DA Fidock
Journal article | 2003 | Journal of Biological Chemistry
Plasmodium falciparum malaria is increasingly difficult to treat and control due to the emergence of parasite resistance to the ma..
Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein 1 associates with the band 3 binding domain of ankyrin in the infected red cell membrane
C Magowan, W Nunomura, KL Waller, J Yeung, J Liang, H Van Dort, PS Low, RL Coppel, N Mohandas
Journal article | 2000 | Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular Basis of Disease
Mapping the binding domains involved in the interaction between the Plasmodium falciparum knob-associated histidine-rich protein (KAHRP) and the cytoadherence ligand P-falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1)
KL Waller, BM Cooke, W Nunomura, N Mohandas, RL Coppel
Journal article | 1999 | Journal of Biological Chemistry
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
FASM - Fellow of the Australian Society of Microbiology
NHMRCF - NHMRC Fellowship
Microbiology And Immunology
Deputy Program Director, Bachelor Of Biomedicine
Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
A/Professor In Higher Education
Melbourne Graduate School Of Education
Australian Collaborative Education Netowrk (ACEN)
International Society for Scholarhsip of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)
Founding Member, Chair Ed Sig (2017-2019)
Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM), Education Special Interest Group (Ed SIG) and EduCon
American Society for Microbiology (ASM USA)
Fellow - Fasm (2014-), Chair Of Vic Branch (2014-2018)
Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP)
ARC / NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology
Graduate Certificate in University Teaching
University of Melbourne
Doctorate of Philosophy
Bachelor of Science (Honours)