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Medical researcher & Lecturer
Teresa Carvalho is a medical researcher, a lecturer and a feminist. She has a passion for basic science and gender equality.
Teresa grew up overseas and completed a PhD in Microbiology in France before moving to Australia to pursue her scientific career. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Walter + Eliza Hall Institute and at Monash University and in 2017 established her own research group at La Trobe University.
Teresa’s research group investigates how human and animal parasites develop to understand the molecular mechanisms that lead to disease. In particular, Teresa’s research focus on the human malaria parasite that causes a significant health burden worldwide.
Teresa is passionate about scientific outreach activities where she has the opportunity to interacts with primary and secondary school aged children. Among some scientific interactions, she invites them to realise that researchers are people like everybody else – men and women, from various cultural and social backgrounds, juggling a career and a family life.