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Dr Sonja Frolich

Sonja Frolich
Post Doctoral - Researcher
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

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Dr Sonja Frolich

Sonja graduated with first class Honours in Biotechnology at University of Technology Sydney in 2010. She then pursued her PhD training in Molecular Parasitology in 2011, and worked in the iThree Institute (i3) with Prof. Michael Wallach on an ARC funded Linkage grant with the veterinary pharmaceutical company Teva (former ABIC, Israel) to characterize the mechanisms of Eimeria maxima oocyst wall formation for interrupting parasitic disease of poulty, coccidiosis. Following her PhD studies in 2014, she was offered a junior academic position in the Climate Change Cluster (C3, UTS) to work with Prof. Peter Ralph and Ass/Prof. Stella Valenzuela on an ARC funded Linkage project grant with GE Health to establish protein expression platform in green algae Chlamydomonas. During this period, she also co-supervised undergraduate students, and lectured to undergraduate and masters students in Parasitology, Microbiology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Bioreactors and Bioprocessing, and Microscopy and Flowcytometry. She is the recipient of a number of awards and travel grants, including Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Dean’s Academic Excellence Award (UTS) and Australian Technion Society Award. In March 2015, Sonja has joined the Genome Integrity Unit at Children’s Medical Research Institute to develop automated microscopy-assisted high-content assays (cytomics) and validate their use in cancer research and studies of telomeropathies. She also optimised immunolabelling methods and applied state-of-the-art super-resolution imaging technologies (3D SIM, STED, STORM and Airyscan) to structural studies of telomeres for which she was awarded Research Excellence Award. In April 2016, Sonja joined the Ovarian Biology Group at the Robinson Research Institute (the University of Adelaide) to work on an NHMRC funded project to identify the mechanisms that mediate telomere lengthening during embryogenesis. She co-supervised honours and PhD students and lectured to undergraduates undertaking Research Project in Reproductive Health. She currently works as a post-doctoral researcher in the Malaria Parasite Research Laboratory at the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases (the University of Adelaide) focusing on the biosynthesis of structural proteins in medically important parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.


Date Institution name Country Title
2011 - 2014 University of Technology, Sydney Australia PhD
2010 - 2011 University of Technology, Sydney Australia Honours


Year Citation
2018 Van Ly, D., Low, R., Frölich, S., Bartolec, T., Kafer, G., Pickett, H., . . . Cesare, A. (2018). Telomere Loop Dynamics in Chromosome End Protection. Molecular Cell, 71(4), 510-+.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2016 Frölich, S., & Wallach, M. (2016). Use of fluorescent nanoparticles to investigate nutrient acquisition by developing Eimeria maxima macrogametocytes. Scientific Reports, 6(1), 29030-1-29030-11.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC2
2015 Frölich, S., & Wallach, M. (2015). F-actin distribution and function during sexual development in Eimeria maxima. Parasitology, 142(7), 855-864.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC2
2014 Frölich, S., Shahparee, A., Wasinger, V., & Wallach, M. (2014). In vivo localization of antibodies raised against Eimeria maxima wall forming bodies during sexual intracellular development. Parasitology, 141(13), 1726-1735.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC2
2013 Frölich, S., Johnson, M., Robinson, M., Entzeroth, R., & Wallach, M. (2013). The spatial organization and extraction of the wall-forming bodies of Eimeria maxima. Parasitology, 140(7), 876-887.
DOI Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC4
2012 Frölich, S., Entzeroth, R., & Wallach, M. (2012). Comparison of protective immune responses to apicomplexan parasites. Journal of Parasitology Research, 2012, 852591-1-852591-11.
DOI Scopus18 Europe PMC8
Wallach, M., Frolich., & Farhat. (n.d.). Designing strategies for the control of coccidiosis in chickens on poultry farms using modern diagnostic tools. Reports in Parasitology, 1.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2017 Han, M., Napier, C. E., Froelich, S., Everett, R. D., Cesare, A. J., & Reddel, R. R. (2017). Synthetic lethality of cytolytic HSV-1 in cancer cells with ATRX and PML deficiency. In MOLECULAR CANCER THERAPEUTICS Vol. 16 (pp. 1 page). AMER ASSOC CANCER RESEARCH.

Children's Medical Research Institute (internal), 2015. Research Excellence Award - 100,000AUD.

Genes for Genes (The Wagga Commitee), 2015. Research Award - 50,000AUD.


OB&GYNAE 3100 - Research Project in Reproductive Health (2016 - 2017)


Other Supervision Activities

Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
2017 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Paediatrics and Reproductive Health Robinson Research Instutute Doctorate Yasmyn Gordon
2016 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Paediatrics and Reproductive Health Robinson Research Institute Honours Yasmyn Gordon


Date Role Membership Country
2013 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Microbiology Australia
2010 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Parasitology Australia
Post Doctoral - Researcher
North Terrace
Molecular Life Sciences, floor 4
Room Number
4 40
Org Unit
School of Biological Sciences