Timon Damelang, mentee in the 2018 MedTech-Pharma in VIC (The University of Melbourne) Image: Doherty Institute

Timon obtained his Bachelor of Biology from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in 2013 and his Master of Infection Biology at the University of Luebeck in 2015, both in Germany. As part of his studies, he successfully completed internships at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom in 2014 and at the Research Centre Borstel, Germany in 2015. After traveling through Europe, Southeast Asia, and Oceania for a year, he began his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2017.

His research project aims to explore functional and structural properties of antibody in placental-malaria infections, in order to identify the mechanisms behind protection and to guide the rational development of future antibody-based vaccines to prevent complications of pregnancy-related malaria. He is also involved in teaching biomedical lab-based subjects to undergraduate students and works as a scientist mentor at the Gene Technology Access Centre in Melbourne.

Outside of research, he was vice president of the Postgraduate Association for Students of Immunology and Microbiology and a student committee member of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity Education Committee in 2018. Now, he is the student representative of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Sustainability Advocate program of the University of Melbourne.

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