Professor Karen Day AM


Karen Day AM is a distinguished malaria researcher dedicated to the improvement of global health. Born in Melbourne, she was educated at University of Melbourne and had the “life changing” opportunity of studying the public health problems of Papua New Guineans as a young postdoctoral researcher. This experience led her to strengthen her public health training in the UK as a lecturer in molecular epidemiology at Imperial College.

She was recruited to University of Oxford in 2003 where she was promoted to Professor. She was also appointed Fellow of Hertford College in 2003, becoming one of the few women “dons” in science at Oxford.

She moved to New York University School of Medicine in 2004 where she held several senior academic administrative roles at NYU including Chair of the Department of Medical Parasitology; Director of the Institute of Urban and Global Health, coordinating global health activities at the Medical School; she led the development of a Masters Program in Global Public Health in the time when the Millenium Development Goals were inspiring governments, NGOs and citizens to participate to reduce global poverty and disease.

She joined the University of Melbourne in 2014 as Dean of Science to lead Australia’s premier Science Faculty and held this post until July 2019. She is a Professor of Population Biology and continues to run her research group based in the Bio21 Institute exploring how strains of malaria are transmitted across the globe.

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. On Australia Day 2020 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to science education and to global public health.

Meet Professor Karen Day, the 2015 Advance Global Australian Life Sciences Award Winner. Watch a masterclass with Karen Day, from the 2015 Advance Global Australian Summit and her 2015 Advance Global Australian Award Acceptance speech below.

Winner of the Advance Life Sciences Award 2015
> Meet Karen Day | Watch

Winner of the Advance Global Australian Award 2015
> Acceptance speech by Karen Day | Watch

> Education as a Business – Advance Global Australian Masterclass | Watch