Dr Alyssa Barry

Dr Alyssa Barry



Dr Alyssa Barry in the lab



BSc (Hons) Tasmania PhD Melbourne 

Laboratory Head

Lab focus: malaria genomic epidemiology

Our research studies malaria, and how the diversity of malaria strains circulating in different geographic areas influences disease transmission. A unique combination of factors in the environment, the human host, and the mosquito vector contribute to complex patterns of malaria transmission. By understanding these patterns we aim to develop new strategies to combat malaria.

We collaborate closely with researchers conducting malaria control programs in the Asia Pacific.

Research interest

Our research is investigating malaria parasite diversity in order to develop new strategies to control and eliminate the disease.

We are studying the clustering and spread of malaria in different geographical areas and the factors contributing to the observed transmission patterns. This has implications for malaria elimination when infections could be locally acquired, due to the presence of residual foci or imported from another malaria endemic area.

Our research is using state of the art genomic technologies to map local patterns of malaria transmission and to develop the tools to track the sources of outbreaks. Our research also seeks to understand the genetic determinants that enable different malaria strains to repeatedly infect the same hosts, and how people living in malaria endemic areas eventually acquire immunity. Understanding parasite antigenic diversity and how cross-strain immunity protects against infection and disease will be the key to developing malaria vaccines targeting a wide spectrum of strains. 

Q&A session at World Malaria Day 2014 public lecture

An overview of malaria research and progress to date, including vaccine and drug development, and our research in malaria-endemic countries.