Katherine O’Flaherty

Postdoctoral Scientist


Katherine completed a PhD at Burnet Institute and the University of Melbourne in 2019 following undergraduate specialisations in Immunology and Microbiology (2014 BSc (Hons), Monash University).

During her doctoral candidature, Katherine undertook studies investigating the epidemiology of malaria in Southeast Asia to understand the immune drivers of malaria infection and treatment efficacy in high risk populations and clinical patients. Since 2019 she has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at Burnet Institute within the Malaria and Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Group, and a fellow of the NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) for Malaria Elimination. Her research continues to investigate antimalarial immunity in low transmission settings, including its role in surveillance of ongoing transmission and risk of disease rebound in regions approaching malaria elimination.


  • 2019: Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Centre for Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination


  • 2015: Research Assistant, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The University of Melbourne

  • 2014: Research Assistant, Malaria and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group, Burnet Institute


  • 2019: Doctor of Philosophy, the University of Melbourne
  • 2014: Bachelor of Science (Hons), Monash University


  • 2018: Crofts Public Health Publication Award
  • 2017: Pauline Speedy Postgraduate Travel Award

Projects (6)

Current (5)

  • Host and parasite factors that predict Artemisinin Resistance reservoirs

  • Immunity to malaria and infectious diseases during pregnancy

  • Immunity, drug efficacy and spread of antimalarial drug resistance

  • Impact of declining transmission on immunity and risk of malaria rebound

  • Serological surveillance to identify mosquito exposure and malaria transmission

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