Christina Chang


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Christina is an Infectious Diseases physician-scientist and is internationally recognised for her clinical and research expertise in cryptococcal meningitis (CM) and cryptococcosis-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (C-IRIS). She completed her medical degree and physician training in Melbourne, and has extensive international clinical trial experience, particularly in resource-limited settings. As part of her PhD on C-IRIS immunopathogenesis, she established a cohort of 130 HIV-CM co-infected persons in Durban, South Africa. She held an NHMRC Early career fellowship on HIV prevention and cure (2015-2020) and extended her international clinical trial experience working on investigational new agents for the treatment of COVID-19 (2020-2022). She is an infectious diseases physician at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and principal investigator of early phase and first-in-human studies at Nucleus Network, Melbourne.     

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Principal Investigator, Nucleus Network Ltd

3 Apr 2023 → …

Senior Research Fellow for Clinical Trials and Cohorts, Kirby Institute

Mar 202031 Dec 2021

Honorary research associate, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa

2018 → …

Honorary Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Apr 2012Apr 2015

Infectious Diseases Physician, Alfred Hospital

2011 → …

Research area keywords

  • Cryptococcosis
  • Immune reconstitution inflammatory Syndrome
  • Fungal infections
  • Opportunistic infections
  • Cryptococcal meningitis
  • Infection and immunity
  • infections in immunocompromised hosts
  • Infectious Disease
  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2

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