Michelle Boyle

Millner, Northern Territory

Malaria researcher, role model

Each year, malaria causes the deaths of half a million people – the majority of whom are children. It remains a significant burden for Australia’s closest neighbours, with approximately 24 million cases occurring in the Asia Pacific region. Control and eradication of malaria is hampered by the lack of an effective vaccine. A Darwin-based Scientific Research Officer with dual roles at the Burnet and Menzies research institutes, Michelle aims to change that. She is conducting research to understand how the human immune system fights malaria in order to develop effective vaccines. “This grant will ensure my ongoing training in the Australian scientific community and will allow me to build an independent research team capable of training the next generation of Australian scientists.”

Michelle Boyle