Charmaine To

Honours Student


Charmaine is in her final year of the Bachelor of Science Advanced (Research) – Honours at Monash University, and is undertaking her Honours project at the Burnet Institute as part of the Tachedjian Laboratory. Her honours project is investigating the virucidal effects of lactic acid on HIV-1, which will reveal new molecular targets for inactivation of HIV-1.

Charmaine has undertaken a variety of research projects in the past, including identifying conserved and variable CD8+ epitopes in influenza B, defining Clostridium perfringens replication gene products and simulating the spread pattern of simultaneous epidemics of two diseases with partial and full cross-immunity. Her research interests lie in investigating the epidemiology, transmission and treatment of medically relevant diseases.


  • 2018: Honours student in the Tachedjian Laboratory, Burnet Institute and Department of Microbiology, Monash University
  • 2015/2016: Lab volunteer in the Hall Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University


  • 2016: Monash University Summer Research Scholarship recipient
  • 2015/2016: Monash University Science Advanced ResearchFirst Scholarship recipient