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  in Brisbane, and a clinical researcher at Menzies.

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.

Bridget also works as Head of Clinical Research within the Clinical Tropical Medicine Group at QIMR-Berghofer in Brisbane. 


Associate Professor Bridget Barber
Research Themes


  • Statewide surveillance study of knowlesi malaria in Sabah, Malaysia
  • Epidemiology and clinical spectrum of knowlesi malaria
  • Investigating pathogenic mechanisms of severe falciparum, vivax and knowlesi malaria
  • A randomised clinical trial of adjunctive paracetamol for the attenuation of acute kidney injury in knowlesi malaria
  1. Barber BE, Grigg MJ, Piera KA, William T, Cooper DJ, Plewes K, Dondorp AM, Yeo TW, Anstey NM. Intravascular haemolysis in severe Plasmodium knowlesi malaria and association with endothelial activation, microvascular dysfunction, and acute kidney injury. Emerging Microbes and Infections 2018; 7:106
  2. Barber BE & Russell B, Grigg MJ, Zhang R, William T, Amir A, Chatfield M, Dondorp A, Anstey N, Yeo TW. Reduced red blood cell deformability in Plasmodium knowlesi malaria. Blood Advances 2018; 2:433 - 443
  3.  Grigg MJ, William T, Barber BE, Rajahram G, Menon, J, Schimann E, Wilkes CS, Patel K, Chandna A, Price RN, Yeo TW, Anstey NM. Artemether-lumefantrine versus chloroquine for the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium knowlesi malaria (CAN KNOW): an open-label randomized controlled trial. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2018; 66:229-236
  4.  Kho S, Barber BE, Johar E, Andries B, Poespoprodjo JR, Kenangalem E, Piera KA, Ehmann A, Price RN, William T, Woodberry T, Foote S, Minigo G, Yeo TW, Grigg MJ, Anstey NM, McMorran B. Platelets kill circulating parasites of all major Plasmodium species in human malaria. Blood 2018; 132(12):1332-1344
  5. Barber BE, Grigg MJ, William T, Piera K, Boyle M, Yeo TW, Anstey NM. Effects of aging on inflammation, endothelial activation and microvascular function in severe knowlesi and falciparum malaria. Journal of Infectious Diseases 2017; 215(12):1908 - 1917
  6. Barber BE, William T, Grigg MJ, Menon J, Auburn S, Marfurt J, Anstey NM, Yeo TW. A prospective comparative study of knowlesi, falciparum, and vivax malaria in Sabah, Malaysia: high proportion with severe disease from Plasmodium knowlesi and Plasmodium vivax but no mortality with early referral and artesunate therapy. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2013; 56(3):383
  7. William T, Rahman HA, Jelip J, Ibrahim MY, Menon J, Grigg MJ, Yeo TW, Anstey NM, Barber BE. Increasing incidence of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria following control of P. falciparum and P. vivax malaria in Sabah, Malaysia.  PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2013;7(1):e2026
  8. Barber BE, William T, Grigg MJ, Paramaswaran U, Yeo TW, Anstey NM. Parasite biomass related inflammation, endothelial activation, microvascular dysfunction and disease severity in vivax malaria. PloS Pathogens 2015; 11(1):e1004558
  9.  Barber BE, Bird E, Wilkes CS, William T, Grigg MJ, Paramaswaran U, Menon J, Jelip J, Yeo TW, Anstey NM. Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in pregnancy. Journal of Infectious Diseases 2015; 211(7):1104
  10. Barber BE, William T, Grigg MJ, Yeo TW, Anstey NM. 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 2013; 51(4):1118-1123.

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