Dr. Melanie Koinari (Acting Director - CfHRD)


Director (CfHRD)
Dr. Melanie Koinari, PhD

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Bachelor of Medical Sciences 2005 (Australian National University)

Bachelor of Biomedical Science Honors 2007 (First Class- UPNG)

PhD in Biomedical Sciences 2014 (Murdoch University)

Teaching: 1 year DWU (2016) and 2 years at Melbourne University (2014-2015)

Diagnostic laboratory: – 2 years at Pathwest Medical Laboratory, Western Australia (2008-2010)

Research: 2 years at PNG Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR) (2006-2007)

Research Interests

My main interest is in the field of microbiology.

Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhea in patients by culture and molecular techniques

Prevalence of mosquito-borne infections in patients attending primary care clinics in Madang urban areas.

Prevalence of gastrointestinal pathogens in Madang residents

Others: TB, pneumonia


MED103 Cellular and Molecular Biology

MED108 Biostatistics and Epidemiology

MED203 Microbes and Hosts

MED204 Laboratory Skills


Investigate the prevalence of STH before and after administration of anthelminthic drugs in the north coast of Papua New Guinea (in collaboration with PNG IMR and Case Western Reserve University)

Improving our understanding and diagnostic capacity of important bacterial gastroinstestinal pathogens in Papua New Guinea( in collaboration with PNGIMR and Federation University)


Professional Associations

Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (Madang)

Case Western Reserve University (US)

Federation University Australia (Au)

Modilon General Hospital (Madang)


Stanisic D, Fowkes FJI, Koinari M, Javati S, Lin E, Kiniboro B, Richards J, Robinson L, Schofield L, Kazura J, King C, Zimmerman P, Felger I, Siba P, Mueller I, and Beeson J, 2014. Acquisition of antibodies against Plasmodium falciparum merozoites and malaria immunity in young children: influence on age, force of infection, and magnitude of response, Infection and Immunity, doi:10.1128/IAI.02398-14

Koinari M, Lymbery AJ, Ryan UM, 2014. Cryptosporidium species in sheep and goats from Papua New Guinea. Experimental Parasitology 141, 134-137.

 Koinari M, Karl S, Ng-Hublin J, Lymbery AJ and Ryan U, 2013. Identification of novel and zoonotic Cryptosporidium species in fish from Papua New Guinea, Veterinary Parasitology 198, 1-9.

Koinari M, Karl S, Elliot A, Ryan U and Lymbery AJ, 2013. Identification of Anisakis species (Nematoda: Anisakidae) in marine fish hosts from Papua New Guinea. Veterinary Parasitology. 193, 126-133.

Koinari M, Karl S, Ryan U and Lymbery AJ, 2012. Prevalence of gastrointestinal parasites in sheep and goats from Papua New Guinea. Journal of Helminthology, doi: 10. 1017/S0022149X12000594.