In Papua New Guinea, 1500+ women die every year from childbirth-related causes – 80 times higher than in Australia. And these deaths are, mostly, preventable.
Brianna is undertaking her honours research project at the Burnet Institute through Monash University. Her research aims to improve our understanding of emerging viral diseases by characterising the immune repertoire of bats, which are a major reservoir of viruses such as Ebola, SARS-CoRV, Hendra and Nipah.
She is particularly interested in the prevention of diseases that are widespread in developing nations, through combining her areas of interest in microbiology, immunology and international development.