Mathematical modeling of drug action in malaria

Infection Analytics Program, Kirby Institute

Closing date: 21st July 2017

Widespread use of antimalarial drugs has significantly reduced deaths and infections from malaria over the last decade. However, resistance to most common antimalarial drugs threatens this progress. This project involves mathematical modeling of clinical and experimental data on parasite dynamics after treatment with antimalarial drugs. This will provide insight into the action of anti-malarial agents - how drugs affect parasite replication, and how the human host removes parasites from circulation. This will be used to predict the effects of novel drugs and drug combinations in controlling malaria infection.

The Infection Analytics Program at the Kirby Institute is an interdisciplinary team including applied mathematicians, physicists, and computer scientists, who collaborate widely with experimental groups around the world to model within-host and epidemiological aspects of infection and immunity. The group has a high publication output and a strong history in successful interdisciplinary training. It is an ideal venue for students with a quantitative background (mathematics / physics / statistics) aiming to establish themselves in mathematical biology.

The project will be supervised by: Professor Miles Davenport, Dr Deborah Cromer, and Dr David Khoury Infection Analytics Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney

The Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme offers:

  • $40K a year stipend for up to four years
  • Tuition fees covered for the full 4 year period
  • Up to $10k each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations
  • Work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments
  • Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan

UNSW Sydney is a 'top 50' ranked global university, situated 5 km (3 miles) from Central Sydney, and 1.5 km (1 mile) from Sydney’s beaches. The Scientia scholarships are highly competitive. For local students, first class honors is usually required. For international students, a high GPA (first class honors or equivalent. High ranking in class) +/- publications are required.

More information on the group’s research is available at the Infection Analytics website:
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Application can be made before 21 July 2017:

Contacts: Professor Miles Davenport ( or Dr David Khoury (

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