Charles Narh

Postdoctoral Research Officer


Charles worked as a Principal Research Assistant at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, where he used molecular approaches to study the epidemiology and transmission of malaria, Buruli ulcer, lymphatic filariasis and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

In 2015, he moved to Melbourne to start his PhD at the University of Melbourne, where he worked with Prof. Karen Day at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute. His PhD project has contributed to our understanding of the evolution of drug-resistance genes in the Plasmodium falciparum reservoir of infection in Ghana, Africa.

After submitting his thesis, he worked as a Research Assistant with Prof. Wai-Hong Tham at the Walter & Hall Elisa Institute (WEHI), where he helped to set up Next Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic protocols to study the nanobody repertoire in immunologically challenged alpacas.

He is now part of the Malaria and Tropical diseases Group at the Burnet Institute, working as a postdoc with Prof. Jack Richards. He is passionate about translational research and is currently developing novel point-of-care molecular diagnostic tools for malaria, hepatitis and other NTDs.

In addition, Charles is working in collaboration with colleagues in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Asian Pacific to integrate genomics, population genetics and drug-resistance data into surveillance and control programmes for malaria, hepatitis and NTDs.


  • 2019 – Present: Postdoctoral Research Officer. Malaria and Tropical Diseases Group, Burnet Institute. Melbourne, Australia.
  • April – May 2019: Research Assistant. Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2017 – 2018: Demonstrator, VCE biology workshops for High School students. School of Biosciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2016 – 2017: Demonstrator, First Year Biology for undergraduates. School of Biosciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2012 – 2014: Postgraduate Research Associate. Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS), Côte d'Ivoire.
  • 2009 – 2014: Principal Research Assistant, Parasitology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana.


  • 2019: PhD. School of Biosciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2017: Melbourne Teaching Certificate. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (Mcshe), The University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2013: Masters. Clinical Microbiology. School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.
  • 2009: BSc. (Honours) Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Ghana.


  • 2015: Genetics Postgraduate Research Award. School of Biosciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Publications (10)

2021 (1)

2020 (2)

2019 (1)

2017 (1)

2016 (1)

  • Giardia lamblia infections in children in Ghana.
    Isaac Anim-Baidoo, Charles Akugbey Narh, Dora Oddei, Charles Addoquaye Brown, Christabel Enweronu-Laryea, Betty Bandoh, Eric Sampane-Donkor, George Armah, Andrew Anthony Adjei, David Nana Adjei, Patrick Ferdinand Ayeh-Kumi, Ben Adu Gyan
    Pan Afr Med J. 2016 Jul; 24:217

2015 (1)

2014 (2)

2013 (1)