A/Prof Wai-Hong Tham
Associate Professor Wai-Hong Tham studied molecular biology at UC Berkeley and received her PhD from Princeton University. She is currently a Howard Hughes-Wellcome Trust International Research Scholar and Division Head of Infection and Immunity at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. The Tham laboratory is focused on deciphering new host-pathogen interactions that govern successful malaria infection. They study parasite adhesins that are required for entry into human red cells and parasite surface proteins that bind to human complement proteins for immune evasion. The overarching aim is to rationally design and generate new inhibitors or antibodies that block these interactions and hence, recurrent malaria infection in humans. Her work intersects with the fields of structural biology, immuno-epidemiology and molecular parasitology. For her contribution to understanding malaria parasite invasion, she has received several awards including the inaugural 2011 Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research (team prize), the 2017 David Syme Research Prize and the 2018 Burnet Prize.