Personal profile


After completing her Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree in 2007, Jo-Anne went on to pursue an Honours degree in the laboratory of Professor Ray Norton at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), to study the structural interactions of malaria antigens.

In 2009, she joined Professor James Beeson’s group at WEHI as a PhD student before moving with the rest of the group to the Burnet Institute. Her PhD project focused on understanding the significance of human antibodies to Plasmodium falciparum surface antigens and their role in protective immunity.

Jo-Anne completed her PhD and is currently working as a post-doctoral scientist under the supervision of Dr Michelle Boyle and Professor Beeson, with a particular focus on naturally acquired immunity to Plasmodium falciparum gametocyte antigens.

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

Research area keywords

  • Protective immunity
  • Malaria
  • IgM in human immunity to Plasmodium falciparum malaria

    Boyle, M. J., Chan, J. A., Handayuni, I., Reiling, L., Feng, G., Hilton, A., Kurtovic, L., Oyong, D., Piera, K. A., Barber, B. E., William, T., Eisen, D. P., Minigo, G., Langer, C., Drew, D. R., de Labastida Rivera, F., Amante, F. H., Williams, T. N., Kinyanjui, S., Marsh, K., & 8 othersDoolan, D. L., Engwerda, C., Fowkes, F. J. I., Grigg, M. J., Mueller, I., McCarthy, J. S., Anstey, N. M. & Beeson, J. G., Sept 2019, In: Science Advances. 5, 9, 14 p., eaax4489.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
    77 Citations (Scopus)