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Biographical entry Blackwell, Jenefer

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Parasitologist

Summary

Jenefer Blackwell is renowned for her research into host susceptibility and resistance to infectious diseases, particularly those from tropical parasitic diseases including leishmaniasis. Her discoveries facilitate genome-based approaches to the development of vaccines. On returning to Western Australia in 2007 Blackwell established the genetics laboratory at the Telethon Kids Institute, Perth, where her research focuses on diseases of Western Australian children particularly in Aboriginal communities.

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1969
Education - BSc (hons), University of Western Australia
1974
Education - PhD, University of Western Australia
1975 - 1991
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow (later Reader), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1982 - 1991
Career position - Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1991 - 2007
Career position - Foundation Director, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
1991 - 2007
Career position - GlaxoSmithKline Professor of Molecular Parasitology, University of Cambridge
1992 - 2003
Career position - Chair, WHO Leishmania Genome Consortium
1994
Award - Chris Wright Medal, British Society for Parasitology
2000
Award - Fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences, United Kingdom
2000
Award - Leverhulme Medal, Royal Society, London
2007 -
Career position - Director, Genetics and Health Laboratory, Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia
2009
Award - Honorary Doctorate, University of Khartoum, Sudan
2010
Award - DSc, University of Cambridge
2015 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
2015
Award - Vice-Chancellor's Research Award, University of Western Australia

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Helen Cohn