Karen is a post-doctoral research fellow at La Trobe University working with Assoc. Professor Warwick Grant and collaborating with Professor Jodie McVernon and Assoc. Professor James Mccaw at the University of Melbourne. Karen’s post-doc research is on Onchocerciasis (river blindness) which is caused by the filarial nematode Onchocerca volvulus and is transmitted to humans via black fly vectors. More specifically her aim is to inform epidemiological modelling with genetics including modelling the evolution and transmission of resistance to ivermectin.
Karen did her PhD at Massey University, Auckland, where she focused on investigating how the structure of a contact network impacts the way an infection spreads through a given population. Broadly, her research interests in are mathematical epidemiology with a particular focus on infectious disease modelling.