Thorey Jonsdottir, mentee in the 2020-21 program in VIC (The University of Melbourne).

Thorey Jonsdottir is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, based at the Burnet Institute.

Thorey undertook her Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Iceland, where she is originally from. She then moved to Australia in 2016 and completed her Honours research project through the University of Melbourne where she received First Class Honours for her thesis “Discovering the role and route of essential effectors transported by the Plasmodium translocon of exported proteins (PTEX)”. Thorey started her PhD in malaria research in 2018, where her current project is looking into the essential role of PTEX during the asexual blood stage of Plasmodium falciparum.

Aside from her PhD project, Thorey has mentored Year-12 students with their extended investigation program at the Elizabeth Blackburn Sciences (The University High School). During her PhD Thorey has been part of the Burnet student committee and currently the Student Representative. Thorey also volunteers at a not-for-profit organisation called Health Australia Tanzania (HAT) where she helps with fundraising tasks and is currently working on a new website for the organisation.

Thorey’s professional interests range from molecular biology, parasitology, public health, teaching and science communication.

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