The Australian National University

Merryn Fraser

2022 Lab | Winner 2022 2022 Speaker 2022 Winner Speaker Winner Lab Finalist Emerging Talents (Falling Walls Lab)

Merryn is a parasitologist working at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She works primarily with the Plasmodium parasite, which causes malaria. Her PhD thesis, submitted under a cotutelle agreement to ANU and Humboldt University Berlin, focuses on parasite lipid metabolism, investigating how to fight malaria with fat! Merryn is interested in how parasites affect a host, and how the host affects parasites. She uses molecular and cell biology to study membranes in malaria, building a dynamic picture of the movement of molecules. Her work has identified areas of lipid metabolism that could be exploited for drug intervention strategies to reduce the burden of malaria.

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