Professor Melissa Penny, PhD, PD

Professional activities at Swiss TPH

SNF Prof. Melissa Penny's research focuses on developing and using mathematical models to understand parasite, host and intervention dynamics. Recently awarded an Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Professorship, the main aim of her research is to generate evidence for decision-making along the whole pathway of new tool development, from preclinical to clinical testing, and at implementation in real populations and health systems. Her particular interests are in vaccines and drugs for parasitic infections, in particular Plasmodium falciparum, and in within-host and epidemiological models of this pathogen.

Higher education and qualifications

  • SNF Professorship, University of Basel (2017-present)
  • PD, Habilitation at the University of Basel (2017)
  • PhD, in Applied Mathematics, Queensland University of Technology (2002-2005)
  • BSc (Hons) Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (Mathematics, First Class Honours) Queensland University of Technology (1998-2001)

Teaching focus at Swiss TPH and University of Basel

  • Mathematical modelling of Infectious Diseases

Current and past professional positions

  • 2017- present: SNF Professor at Swiss TPH, Basel Switzerland
  • 2013- 2017: Scientific Project leader at Swiss TPH, Basel Switzerland
  • 2009-2013 Senior Scientific collaborator at Swiss TPH, Basel Switzerland
  • 2006-2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Swiss TPH, Basel Switzerland
  • 2002-2006: PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology; Brisbane Australia
  • 2001-2005; Lecturer and tutor for undergraduate courses in applied mathematics, Queensland University of Technology; Brisbane Australia



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