Dr Steven Kho

Research Officer

Qualifications:

PhD, Charles Darwin University, 2019; Bachelor of Science (Honours in Biochemistry), University of Western Australia, 2010; Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology & Biotechnology), University of Western Australia, 2009;

Research Topic:

The role of the human spleen and platelets in the pathology of malaria infection in Timika, Southern Papua, Indonesia

Location:

Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus

Biography:

Steven grew up in Indonesia and came to Australia in 2007 to complete his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

In 2012, Steven relocated to Darwin and joined Menzies as a research assistant in the Global and Tropical Health team, focusing on malaria research.

In 2019, Steven graduated with a PhD from Charles Darwin University and Menzies. His project explored the role of the human spleen and platelets in the pathology of malaria infection in Timika, Southern Papua, Indonesia.

 

  • Pathophysiological characterization of the spleen in human malaria infection in Southern Papua, Indonesia
  • Role of platelets in the pathology of uncomplicated and severe malaria infection
  • Characterization of Dendritic cells and regulatory T cells in sub-microscopic, asymptomatic and uncomplicated malaria infections
  1. Kho S., Minigo G., Andries B., Leonardo L., Prayoga P., Poespoprodjo J.R., Kenangalem E., Price R.N., Woodberry T., Anstey N.M., Yeo W.Y. Circulating neutrophil extracellular traps and neutrophil activation are increased in proportion to disease severity in human malaria. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, June 2019, 219(12):1994-2004.
  2. Kho S., Andries B., Poespoprodjo J.R., Commons R.J., Shanti P.A.I., Kenangalem E., Douglas N.M., Simpson J.A., Sugiarto P., Anstey N.M., Price R.N. High risk of Plasmodium vivax malaria following splenectomy in Papua, Indonesia. Clinical Infectious Diseases, January 2019, 68(1):51-60.
  3. Kho S., Barber B.E., Johar E., Andries B., Poespoprodjo J.R., Kenangalem E., Piera K.A., Ehmann A., Price R.N., William T., Woodberry T., Foote S., Minigo G., Yeo T.W., Grigg M.J., Anstey N.M.*, McMorran B.J.* [*equal last]. Platelets kill circulating parasites of all major Plasmodium species in human malaria. Blood, September 2018, 132:1332-1344
  4. Kho, S., Marfurt, J., Handayuni, I., Pava, Z., Noviyanti, R., Kusuma, A., et al. (2016). Characterization of blood dendritic and regulatory T cells in asymptomatic adults with sub-microscopic Plasmodium falciparum or plasmodium vivax infection. Malaria Journal, 15, 328.
  5. Wirjanata, G., Handayuni, I., Prayoga, P., Apriyanti, D., Chalfein, F., Sebayang, B.F., et al. (2015). Quantification of Plasmodium ex vivo drug susceptibility by flow cytometry. Malaria Journal ,14(1), 417.
  6. Kho, S., Marfurt, J., Noviyanti, R., Kusuma, A., Piera, K., Burdam, F.H., et al. (2015). Preserved dendritic cell HLA-DR expression and reduced regulatory T cell activation in asymptomatic plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax infection. Infection and Immunity, 83(8), 3224.
  1. Parasit malaria bersembunyi di organ limpa

    Parasit malaria bersembunyi di organ limpa

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  2. Parasit Malaria Bisa Bersembunyi di Limpa Manusia

    Parasit Malaria Bisa Bersembunyi di Limpa Manusia

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    Studi terbaru mengungkapkan, parasit malaria terbukti lebih banyak yang bersembunyi dan berkembang biak di dalam limpa manusia. Temuan tersebut mendefinisikan ulang siklus hidup malaria.

  3. Penelitian Berhasil Ungkap Parasit Malaria Bersembunyi di Limpa  Sumber: https://mediaindonesia.com/humaniora/408850/penelitian-berhasil-ungkap-parasit-malaria-bersembunyi-di-limpa

    Penelitian Berhasil Ungkap Parasit Malaria Bersembunyi di Limpa Sumber: https://mediaindonesia.com/humaniora/408850/penelitian-berhasil-ungkap-parasit-malaria-bersembunyi-di-limpa

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    LEMBAGA Biologi Molekuler Eijkman mengatakan hasil penelitian yang dilakukan Eijkman dan rekannya menunjukkan sejumlah besar parasit malaria ternyata bersembunyi di organ limpa.

  4. Parasites may accumulate in spleens of asymptomatic individuals infected with malaria

    Parasites may accumulate in spleens of asymptomatic individuals infected with malaria

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    Study suggests immature red blood cells in spleen are targeted for invasion by P. vivax.

  5. Malaria is not only a blood disease, it also hides in the spleen, scientists have discovered

    Malaria is not only a blood disease, it also hides in the spleen, scientists have discovered

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    Groundbreaking new research has found large numbers of malaria parasites hiding in the spleen. Until now, it was thought that once malaria parasites reached the bloodstream, they circulated and multiplied only in the blood.

  6. Hidden malaria life cycle discovered in the spleen

    Hidden malaria life cycle discovered in the spleen

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    Ground-breaking studies published today in the New England Journal of Medicine and PLOS Medicine have found large numbers of malaria parasites hiding in the human spleen where they actively multiply in a previously unrecognised life cycle.

  7. CDU, Menzies researcher leads battle against malaria

    CDU, Menzies researcher leads battle against malaria

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    National Tribune Online news | Graduating this week with a PhD, rising star malaria researcher Dr Steven Kho.

  8. MediaNewsroomCDU, Menzies researcher leads battle against malaria CDU, Menzies researcher leads battle against malaria

    MediaNewsroomCDU, Menzies researcher leads battle against malaria CDU, Menzies researcher leads battle against malaria

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    Blood platelets, neutrophils and the spleen have novel roles in people with malaria, according to new research from Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Menzies School of Health Research.

  9. Health Issues India | Could a malaria treatment be found in human blood?

    Health Issues India | Could a malaria treatment be found in human blood?

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    Could a new defence against malaria be found in human blood? Research suggests that human platelets — a component of the blood — form a first-line defence against the malaria parasite.

  10. Research reveals defence against malaria parasites

    Research reveals defence against malaria parasites

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    The study, which has just been published in the prestigious journal Blood, was led by Associate Professor Brendan McMorran at ANU and Professor Nick Anstey at Darwin's Menzies School of Health Research

  11. Xinhuanet.com|Platelets kill up to 60 pct of malaria parasites: Australian study

    Xinhuanet.com|Platelets kill up to 60 pct of malaria parasites: Australian study

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    The study, published by the Menzies School of Health Research (MSHR) in Australia's Northern Territory (NT), revealed that platelets attack and kill malaria parasites in the bloodstream.

  12. Platelets the first line of defence in malaria patients

    Platelets the first line of defence in malaria patients

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    The humble platelet is usually regarded as just a tiny cell that helps the blood clot. A study just published in the prestigious journal Blood has found that platelets attack and kill malaria parasites in infected humans to reduce the number of parasites circulating in their blood.