Established in 2011, the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre is a multidisciplinary network based at The University of Queensland, and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
Associate Professor Don Gardiner
A/Prof Don Gardiner is Laboratory Head of the Malaria Biology laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
A/Prof Gardiner first began his professional career as a scientist working within hospital pathology departments.
In 1987, he took a staff position at the Thursday Island Hospital in the Torres Straits of Far North Queensland and became the Laboratory Manager a year later.
In total, he spent five years working with the Indigenous peoples of North Queensland which led to an interest in both diseases of the tropics and diseases of poverty.
He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 1997.
Since then, his research focus has moved towards malaria, particularly in the area of rational drug design.
Key interest areas are molecular biology of Plasmodium falciparum, rational antimalarial drug design and transmission blocking therapies.