Eureka Prizes People’s Choice Award (Finalist)


Year awarded


Awarding institution

The Australian Museum

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership & commercialisation, school science and science journalism & communication.

It is the second year in a row Dr Maier has been chosen as a finalist in the Eureka Prizes – the Oscars of Australian Science – although it’s his first tilt at the People’s Choice Award.

Dr Maier and his research team on La Trobe’s Melbourne campus have uncovered a key adaptive strategy used by the malaria parasite to survive in – and cause damage to – its human host. They have identified special proteins that help the parasites stick to, and replicate on the inner lining of blood more.

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