Associate Professor Bridget Barber

Principal research fellow


PhD, Charles Darwin University 2014; Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2010; Masters of Public Health, Melbourne University, 2010; Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Liverpool University, 2007; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Melbourne University 2001

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Associate Supervisor for PhD




Bridget is an infectious diseases physician and senior clinical research fellow at Menzies School of Health Research. She is also a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of Sabah, Malaysia.

Bridget completed her infectious diseases training in 2010, and during 2010-2013 undertook a PhD based in Sabah on the clinical and epidemiological features, diagnosis and pathogenesis of knowlesi malaria.

In 2015 she was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship to continue her work on knowlesi malaria.


Associate Professor Bridget Barber
Research Themes


  • Comparative pathophysiology of uncomplicated and severe falciparum, vivax and knowlesi malaria
  • Epidemiology and clinical spectrum of knowlesi malaria

1. Barber, B. E., William, T., Grigg, M. J., Menon, J., Auburn, S., Marfurt, J., et al. (2013). A prospective comparative study of knowlesi, falciparum and vivax malaria in Sabah, Malaysia: high proportion with severe disease from Plasmodium knowlesi and P. vivax but no mortality with early referral and artesunate therapy. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 56(3), 383-397.

2. Barber, B. E., William, T., Grigg, M. J., Parameswaran, U., Piera, K. A., Price, R. N., et al. (2015). Parasite biomass-related inflammation, endothelial activation, microvascular dysfunction and disease severity in vivax malaria. PLoS Pathogens, 11(1), e1004558.

3.  Barber, B. E., Bird, E., Wilkes, C. S., William, T., Grigg, M. J., Paramaswaran, U., et al. (2014). Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in pregnancy. Journal of Infectious Diseases, jiu562.

4. Barber, B. E., William, T., Grigg, M. J., Piera, K., Yeo, T. W., & Anstey, N. M. (2013). Evaluation of the sensitivity of a pLDH-based and an aldolase-based Rapid Diagnostic Test for the diagnosis of uncomplicated and severe malaria caused by PCR-confirmed Plasmodium knowlesi, Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax. Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

5. Barber, B. E., William, T., Jikal, M., Jilip, J., Dhararaj, P., Menon, J., et al. (2011). Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in children. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 17(5), 814-820.

6.  William, T., Jelip, J., Menon, J., Anderios, F., Mohammad, R., Awang Mohammad, T., et al. (2014). Changing epidemiology of malaria in Sabah, Malaysia: increasing incidence of Plasmodium knowlesi. Malaria Journal, 13(1), 390.

7. William, T., Rahman, H. A., Jelip, J., Ibrahim, M. Y., Menon, J., Grigg, M. J., et al. (2013). Increasing incidence of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria following control of P. falciparum and P. vivax malaria in Sabah, Malaysia. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 7(1), e2026.

8. Barber, B. E., William, T., Dhararaj, P., Anderios, F., Grigg, M. J., Yeo, T. W., et al. (2012). Epidemiology of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in northeast Sabah, Malaysia: family clusters and wide age distribution. Malaria Journal, 11, 401.

9. Barber, B. E., William, T., Grigg, M. J., Yeo, T. W., & Anstey, N. M. (2013). Limitations of microscopy to differentiate Plasmodium species in a region co-endemic for Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium knowlesi. Malaria Journal, 12, 8.

10. Rajahram, G., Barber, B. E., William, T., Menon, J., Anstey, N. M., & Yeo, T. W. (2012). Deaths due to Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in Sabah, Malaysia: association with reporting as P. malariae and delayed parenteral artesunate. Malaria Journal, 11(1), 284.