A/PROF Karena Waller

A/PROF Karena Waller


  • Higher Education, STEMM (Curriculum, Assessment, STEMM outreach)
  • Malaria (Pathogenesis, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology)
  • Microbiology (Pathogenesis, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology)
  • Parasitology (Pathogenesis, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology)



  • Biography
    Dr Karena Waller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Karena joined the Department’s academic teaching staff in 2010 after completing 15 years in local and international malaria research. Today, Karena contributes significantly to the teaching and learning of microbiology and immunology to second and third year Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedicine students. In addition to her role as lecturer and subject coordinator, Karena is also the Academic Programs Coordinator, Majors Coordinator and the Exchange/Global Mobility Coordinator for the Department. External to the Department, Karena sits on numerous School, Faculty, Institute and University Committees, primarily focusing on teaching and learning, student experience and engagement, and academic governance and program management.

    Career Achievements
    Karena completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Monash University, 1994) before completing a Doctor of Philosophy (Monash University, 2001) investigating the protein interactions in malaria-infected red blood cells. After completing five years of post-doctoral research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, USA, Karena was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Howard Florey Fellowship in 2005 to return to Australia to establish an independent malaria research program. Karena has published numerous biomedical and educational research and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) articles in international, peer-reviewed journals. Karena completed the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (University of Melbourne, 2011) and has been a member of the University’s Academic Programs Committee (APC) and Teaching and Learning Quality Assurance Committee (TALQAC) since 2017. Karena’s excellence and innovation in teaching and learning has been rewarded with numerous prizes, from both the University and the Australian Society for    


Member of

  • Australian Collaborative Education Netowrk (ACEN). Member 2018 -
  • International Society for Scholarhsip of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Member 2017 -
  • Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM), Education Special Interest Group (Ed SIG) and EduCon. Founding member, Chair Ed SIG (2017-2019) 2014 - 2026
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM USA). Member 2010 - 2026
  • Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM). Fellow - FASM (2014-), Chair of VIC Branch (2014-2018) 2007 - 2026
  • Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP). Member 2006 - 2012
  • ARC / NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology. Member 2005 - 2012


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • NHMRC Howard Florey Research Fellow (2005-2007)
    Monash University Fellowship Support (2005)   


Education and training

  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2011
  • PhD, Monash University 2001
  • BSc (Hons), Monash University 1994

Awards and honors

  • Australian Society for Microbiology David White Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017
  • ASMCUE Travel Award, sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), 2016
  • Melbourne Medical School Teaching Award - Early Career Development, 2014
  • Fellow of the Australian Society of Microbiology, 2014
  • Australian Society for Microbiology Teachers Travel Award (2010), 2010
  • The CASS Foundation - Travel Grant, 2007
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2005
  • Monash University - Graduate Scholarship, 1995



Available for supervision

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