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Coralie Boulet Graduate Researcher, Physiology Anatomy & Microbiology

Coralie is a PhD student in Dr Teresa Carvalho's laboratory (Molecular Parasitology laboratory). She graduated from the Swiss Insitute of Technologies (EPFL, Lausanne) with a Bachelor and a Masters in Life Sciences & Technologies. She is currently investigating the interrelationship between the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum and its host red blood signalling pathways.

During her masters, she undertook a research project in Prof Christian Doerig's laboratory (Monash University), where she studied malaria. In 2017, Coralie started her PhD in La Trobe University. She continues her work on P. falciparum interrelationship with its host cell, taking both cellular approaches (flow cytometry and microscopy) and molecular approaches (Western Blots, proteomics and phosphoproteomics, small inhibitory molecules). She published a literature review on the relationship between the red blood cell's death (eryptosis) and a malarial infection, and currently has another first-author article under review. She presented in local and international conferences including Malaria in Melbourne (2017) and the First World Malaria Conference (2018), and co-organised a virtual parasitology conference in 2020 (Parasitravganza).

Coralie is also very interested in science communication: she won the first prize of the La Trobe 'Visualise Your Thesis' competition (2018), was a 3MT La Trobe finalist (2020) and was also invited on a radio show (RRR - Einstein A Go Go). Besides her research work, Coralie demonstrates for Microbiology practical classes and science outreach programs (including National Science Week, 2020). She is also very active in the associative life: executive committee of the PAM HDR student society (2018), president of the La Trobe Latin Dance Club (2019) and student representative in the Australian Society for Parasitology (2020).

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