DR Matt Dixon

DR Matt Dixon


  • Biochemistry and Cell biology (Malaria Protein Trafficking and Sexual stage development)



  • Matthew is a Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, The University of Melbourne. Dr Dixon's research focuses on understanding the remodeling and cell biology processes driving the unique architectural changes undertaken by the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. These changes are central to the parasite's ability to survive within the red blood cells and circulation of the human host. In particular he is interested in the processes mediating cerebral and placental malaria and the mechanisms of sexual differentiation and transmission. Understanding these processes will help guide much needed new approaches aimed at disease eradication.   


Member of

  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Member 2008 - 2025
  • Australian Society of Parasitology. Member 2002 - 2025


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Shape, form and function of the human malaria parasite sexual stages. 2011, The Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundations. Probing sexual transformation of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. 2011, ANZ Trustees, George Perry Fund.   


Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Queensland 2008
  • BSc, The University of Queensland 2002

Awards and honors

  • C.J. Martin Research Fellowship (National Health & Medical Research Council, Australia), 2010
  • Lorne Protein Structure and Function ECR Award, 2010



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate positions available