Anaemia Research Lab

Acting Deputy Director
17 members

About the lab

Lab focus: Reducing anaemia from bench to village

Anaemia – a reduction in the blood’s oxygen carrying capacity – affects up to 800 million women and children worldwide, with the majority of this burden falling in low income countries. However, anaemia also affects 4.5 per cent of Australians. Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of anaemia.

Our lab seeks to discover new therapies to prevent and treat anaemia by making fundamental discoveries into how the body regulates its iron stores. We also undertake field studies in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to test new solutions and influence policy to address anaemia in babies and pregnant mothers.

Very little progress has been made in alleviating the global burden of anaemia over recent decades. Our lab aims to address this problem through a combination of approaches, including;

  • Innovative field trials to develop evidence which can be used for public health policies
  • Translational studies which apply cutting edge methods to samples from these studies to make new insights
  • Experimental laboratory projects to uncover fundamental processes in iron metabolism

Our mission

Our vision is to improve the health of billions of people worldwide impacted by or at risk of anaemia.

Our lab aims to understand the way in which the body regulates its iron levels and how this can go wrong in disease. We use a range of investigative approaches ranging from molecular interrogation to population-based interventions and translate these findings to novel therapeutics and the development of global policy, ultimately contributing to reductions in the global burden of anaemia.


  1. Undertaking large clinical trials of iron interventions to prevent and treat anaemia in infants in rural Bangladesh and Malawi
  2. Defining the role of iron regulation on clinical severity of Polycythaemia Vera
  3. Supporting WHO to develop updated guidelines for anaemia diagnosis.


Members of the Pasricha lab

Lab research projects

Lab team

Our team partner closely with international partners including icddr,b (Bangladesh) and the Training Research Unit of Excellence, Malawi. We also work closely with the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

We collaborate with the Department of Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital; The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and the University of Melbourne Doherty Institute, School of Population and Global Health, School of Psychological Science.

17 members
Bingzheng liu
Visiting Masters Student (by coursework)
Naomi Von Dinklage
Program Coordinator
Dr Sumie Leung
Research Officer
Mohammed Hasan
PhD Student
Black and white photo of Tishya Indran
Tishya Indran
PhD Student
Dr Katherine Fielding
PhD Student
Dr Indu Raman
PhD Student
Dr Andrew Baldi
Research Officer
Miranda Starr
Research Assistant
Research Officer
Dr Louise Randall
Research Officer
Research Officer
Naomi Jones
Masters Student (by coursework)
Senior Research Officer
Anne Pettikiriarachchi
Research Assistant
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