Ms Kat Matthews



Associate Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Medicine


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

+61 3 522 73254


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A revised mechanism for how Plasmodium falciparum recruits and exports proteins into its erythrocytic host cell

M Gabriela, K Matthews, C Boshoven, B Kouskousis, T Jonsdottir, H Bullen, J Modak, D Steer, B Sleebs, B Crabb, T de Koning-Ward, P Gilson

(2022), Vol. 18, pp. 1-32, PLoS Pathogens, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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Host Porphobilinogen Deaminase Deficiency Confers Malaria Resistance in Plasmodium chabaudi but Not in Plasmodium berghei or Plasmodium falciparum During Intraerythrocytic Growth

C Schnider, H Yang, L Starrs, A Ehmann, F Rahimi, E Di Pierro, G Graziadei, K Matthews, T De Koning-Ward, D Bauer, S Foote, G Burgio, B McMorran

(2020), Vol. 10, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Switzerland, C1

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Illuminating how malaria parasites export proteins into host erythrocytes

K Matthews, E Pitman, T de Koning-Ward

(2019), Vol. 21, Cellular Microbiology, India, C1

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Uncoupling the threading and unfoldase actions of plasmodium HSP101 reveals differences in export between soluble and insoluble proteins

K Matthews, M Kalanon, T de Koning-Ward

(2019), Vol. 10, mBio, United States, C1

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The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum Sortilin is essential for merozoite formation and apical complex biogenesis

S Hallée, N Counihan, K Matthews, T de Koning-Ward, D Richard

(2018), Vol. 20, Cellular Microbiology, India, C1

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The malaria PTEX component PTEX88 interacts most closely with HSP101 at the host-parasite interface

Scott Chisholm, Ming Kalanon, Thomas Nebl, Paul Sanders, Kathryn Matthews, Benjamin Dickerman, Paul Gilson, Tania de Koning-Ward

(2018), Vol. 285, pp. 2037-2055, FEBS journal, Chichester, Eng., C1

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The Plasmodium rhoptry associated protein complex is important for parasitophorous vacuole membrane structure and intraerythrocytic parasite growth

S Ghosh, K Kennedy, P Sanders, K Matthews, S Ralph, N Counihan, T de Koning-Ward

(2017), Vol. 19, Cellular Microbiology, India, C1

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An exported protein-interacting complex involved in the trafficking of virulence determinants in Plasmodium-infected erythrocytes

S Batinovic, E McHugh, S Chisholm, K Matthews, B Liu, L Dumont, S Charnaud, M Schneider, P Gilson, T De Koning-Ward, M Dixon, L Tilley

(2017), Vol. 8, Nature Communications, England, C1

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The Plasmodium translocon of exported proteins component EXP2 is critical for establishing a patent malaria infection in mice

M Kalanon, D Bargieri, A Sturm, K Matthews, S Ghosh, C Goodman, S Thiberge, V Mollard, G Mcfadden, R Ménard, T de Koning-Ward

(2016), Vol. 18, pp. 399-412, Cellular Microbiology, India, C1

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PTEX is an essential nexus for protein export in malaria parasites

B Elsworth, K Matthews, C Nie, M Kalanon, S Charnaud, P Sanders, S Chisholm, N Counihan, P Shaw, P Pino, J Chan, M Azevedo, S Rogerson, J Beeson, B Crabb, P Gilson, T de Koning-Ward

(2014), Vol. 511, pp. 587-591, Nature, London, United Kingdom, C1

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The exported protein PbCP1 localises to cleft-like structures in the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei

S Haase, E Hanssen, K Matthews, M Kalanon, T de Koning-Ward

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 1-11, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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The Plasmodium translocon of exported proteins (PTEX) component thioredoxin-2 is important for maintaining normal blood-stage growth

K Matthews, M Kalanon, S Chisholm, A Sturm, C Goodman, M Dixon, P Sanders, T Nebl, F Fraser, S Haase, G McFadden, P Gilson, B Crabb, T de Koning-Ward

(2013), pp. 1-20, Molecular microbiology, Chichester, England, C1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Novel approach to isolating antigen targets and developing an mRNA vaccine against Salmonella enterica.

Ms Kat Matthews, A/Prof Tamsyn Crowley

The University of New England trading as Poultry Hub Australia

  • 2023: $26,820

Other Funding Sources

Establishing a Confocal and Super-Resolution Microscopy Suite for the Regional Research Community

Ms Kat Matthews

Ian Potter Foundation Medical Research Program

  • 2023: $140,000


Associate Supervisor

Ethan Pitman

Thesis entitled: Dissection of the assembly and operation of the Plasmodium export machinery

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine