Angelica Tan

PhD Candidate


Master of Science (by research), Swinburne University of Technology, 2017; Bachelor of Science (Honours in Biotechnology), Swinburne University of Technology, 2014

Research Topic:

Plasmodium knowlesi and other zoonotic malaria species in Sabah, Malaysia: Molecular detection, red blood cell interactions, and exposure trends


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital Campus


Angelica is a PhD student at the Menzies School of Health Research.

She previously worked with two clinical research organisations in Malaysia, one of which was in collaboration with the malaria research group at the Global and Tropical Health division. She then joined the group formally upon being awarded the CDU-MACC scholarship in 2019. 

Her research interests include microbial pathogenesis and pathophysiology, particularly tropical infectious diseases.

She was conferred an MSc (Research) from Swinburne University of Technology in 2017 for her work on bacterial metabolites and hydrophobic biofilms for in vivo probiotic protection of shrimps against early mortality syndrome in an aquaculture setting. 

Angelica's PhD research focuses on Plasmodium knowlesi, the monkey parasite responsible for increasing incidences zoonotic malaria cases in Sabah, Malaysia. Her studies aim to improve and implement innovative diagnostic approaches and advance the understanding of knowlesi malaria pathophysiology. 

  1. Tan, A. F., Thota, P., Sakam, S. S. B., Lew, Y. L., Rajahram, G. S., William, T., ... & Grigg, M. J. (2023). Evaluation of a point-of-care haemozoin assay (Gazelle device) for rapid detection of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 4760.
  2. Tan, A. F., Rajahram, G. S., William, T., Abd Rachman Isnadi, M. F., Daim, S., Barber, B. E., ... & Grigg, M. J. (2022). Diagnostic accuracy and limit of detection of ten malaria parasite lactate dehydrogenase-based rapid tests for Plasmodium knowlesi and P. falciparum. Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology, 1537.
  3. Nuin, N. A., Tan, A. F., Lew, Y. L., Piera, K. A., William, T., Rajahram, G. S., ... & Grigg, M. J. (2020). Comparative evaluation of two commercial real-time PCR kits (QuantiFast™ and abTES™) for the detection of Plasmodium knowlesi and other Plasmodium species in Sabah, Malaysia. Malaria Journal, 19(1), 1-11.