Prof. Karen Day

Dean of Science, The University of Melbourne

Professor Day joined the University of Melbourne in 2014 having returned to Melbourne as the newly appointed Dean of Science and a research group leader at the Bio21 Institute and Department of Genetics. A graduate of the University of Melbourne, she completed a PhD at WEHI before taking up a postdoctoral role studying public health problems in Papua New Guinea.  This led to a role as Lecturer in molecular epidemiology at both Imperial College(1991‐3) and University of Oxford (1993‐2003) where she held various teaching and administrative posts and was promoted to Reader and Professor for research excellence in malaria population studies. Professor Day moved to New York University School of Medicine in 2004 where she held several senior roles including Professor and Chair of Medical Parasitology, Director of the Institute of Urban and Global Health and Director of the Master’s Program in Global Public Health and continued her malaria research. She is an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford and a member of NYU Society of Fellows. Professor Day is also an expert on higher education, having experience in UK, USA and Australian Universities. She is passionate about science and solving problems in global health.