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Professor Kathy Andrews is the acting Director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) at Griffith University. At GRIDD, she also leads the Tropical Parasitology laboratory with a focus on the development of new drug leads for malaria prevention and treatment and the identification of novel antimalarial drug targets. Kathy has a PhD in microbiology and more than 20 years’ experience in malaria research. She has carried out research at national and international institutions including working on malaria vaccines and pregnancy associated malaria at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) and as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Heidelberg University in Germany. Following her return to Australia, Kathy led research at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) Berghofer developing a successful program focused on malaria drug discovery. In 2008, Kathy’s achievements were recognised by an ASMR Queensland Premiers’ Award for Medical Research. In 2009, she won a highly competitive Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to continue her work at Griffith University. Kathy has published >95 papers, supervised >28 PhD and Honours students to completion and has attracted more than $8 million in biomedical research funding, including leading three current Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project grants. Kathy collaborates nationally and internationally with biologists and chemists from both academia and industry including with Australia’s national science organization, the CSIRO, and the global malaria drug development organization, the Medicines for Malaria Venture. In 2017, Kathy was awarded the Queensland Women in Technology Life Sciences Research Leader Award. Kathy is a past Director of the Australian Society for Medical Research and past Executive Council member of the Australian Society for Parasitology. She is a strong STEM engagement advocate and is the founder and Director of the That’s RAD! Science STEM outreach project.


  • Director
    Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery2009


  • PhD
    Griffith University, Nathan, Australia


  • Graduate Certificate in Education
    University of Queensland, Australia2015