Malaria in New Zealand – Using Art Science to spread a message

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Jessica Jie Ying Ong
Emily Brain


Report from the Art+Water, art and science project 2019.

Mosquitos are the vectors for a variety of diseases and parasites, and pose a threat to both humans and animal species. While malaria is not a present threat to humans in New Zealand, avian malaria is infecting native species of birds and can affect future population growth.

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Jessica Jie Ying Ong, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago

Jessica Jie Ying Ong (  ORCID No 0000-0002-5096-8728) is a PhD student at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago. Her research investigates erythrocytic human relapsing malaria, Plasmodium vivax. She is a co-author in three publications with high impact journals (Blood, Biomaterials, and Nature Communications (shared first author)).

Emily Brain

Emily Brain is an Australian-born Jewellery and Metalsmithing graduate from the Dunedin School of Art.