Sonja Frolich

Dr Sonja Frolich

Post Doctoral - Researcher

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

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.

  • Education

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

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
  • Memberships

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

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