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Dr Elizabeth Aitken

Dr Elizabeth Aitken

Dr Elizabeth Aitken

(03) 8344 1972 |

Research Officer
Malaria, Immunology, Bacterial and Parasitic Infections
Discovery Research, Global Health
Department of Medicine
Lab Group(s):
Rogerson Group

Dr Elizabeth Aitken obtained her PhD ‘Malaria in pregnancy: immunity and a mechanism for low birth weight babies’ at the University of Melbourne.  Following this she worked briefly on immunity to malaria at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research and then at the University of Edinburgh.  From 2012-2014 she worked at the University of Sao Paulo looking pulmonary malaria and also Plasmodium spp. infection in wild monkeys. In 2014, Elizabeth started work with Professor Stephen Roberson’s laboratory at the University of Melbourne.  Elizabeth is currently investigating whether the innate immune response to the malaria parasite can explain why some individuals get sick while others do not.

  • Key Achievements
    • Elizabeth has been working on malaria since 2006 and has published a number of peer reviewed research articles in this field.  In 2011, she was the recipient of an Endeavour Research Fellowship as part of the Endeavour Awards scheme. In 2012, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

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    Research Groups
    • Rogerson Group

      Stephen’s laboratory studies the pathogenesis and immunology of infection with the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum in humans. Their laboratory studies are linked to field studies, and they collaborate with leading malaria groups in Africa, Asia and Papua New Guinea. 

      Lab Team

      Rogerson Group

      • Associate Professor; Department of Medicine
      • Senior Research Officer
      • Research Officer
      • Dr Julia Cutts
        Project Manager
      • Wina Hasang
        Research Assistant
      • Agersew Mengist
        PhD Student
      • Amaya Ortega
        PhD Student
      • Anjaleena Anthony
        PhD Student
      • Janavi Rambhatla
        PhD Student
      • Madi Njie
        PhD Student
      • Meseret Kassa
        PhD Student
      • Timon Damelang
        PhD Student
      • David Grimson
        Masters Student
      • Di Zheng
        Masters Student
      • Putri Wara
        Masters Student
      • Selorme Adukpo
        Visiting Scientist
      • Professor Graham Brown
        Emeritus Professor

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