Karen Day wins Advance Award

15 September 2015

Professor Karen Day, Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne, has won the 2015 Advance Global Australian Award in recognition of her international career in life sciences.

The Advance Australia awards recognise and celebrate Australians around the world who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision and ambition. They are billed as “the only awards to recognise the important contributions of the more than one million Australians living and working abroad, and those who have returned home.”

The awards were announced at the Sydney Opera House on Monday. Professor Day also won in the Life Sciences category.

Professor Day is a distinguished malaria researcher dedicated to the improvement of global health. Born in Melbourne, she was educated at University of Melbourne and had the “life changing” opportunity of studying the public health problems of Papua New Guineans as a young postdoctoral researcher. This experience led her to strengthen her public health training in the UK as a lecturer in molecular epidemiology at Imperial College.

She was recruited to University of Oxford in 2003 where she was promoted to Professor. She was also appointed Fellow of Hertford College in 2003, becoming one of the few women “dons” in science at Oxford.

She moved to New York University School of Medicine in 2004 where she held several senior academic administrative roles at NYU including Chair of the Department of Medical Parasitology; Director of the Institute of Urban and Global Health, coordinating global health activities at the Medical School; she led the development of a Masters Program in Global Public Health in the time when the Millenium Development Goals were inspiring governments, NGOs and citizens to participate to reduce global poverty and disease.

She joined the University of Melbourne in 2014 as the Dean of Science to lead Australia’s premier Science Faculty. In addition, she continues to run a malaria research group based in the Bio21 Institute and School of BioSciences.

She is an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford and a member of NYU Society of Fellows. Professor Day is also an expert on higher education, having experience in UK, USA and Australian Universities. She is passionate about science and solving problems in global health.