• The University of Western Australia (M561), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Professor Asha Bowen is a clinician-researcher, holding positions at the Perth Children’s Hospital and Telethon Kids Institute. She is Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Perth Children’s Hospital and Team Lead, Healthy Skin and ARF Prevention at Telethon Kids Institute. Prof Bowen holds affiliation with several University’s including the Division of Paediatrics, School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia, Honorary Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute for Health Research, The University of Notre Dame Australia and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town. This uniquely positions her for rapid translation of research results from bush to bench to bedside and beyond, with impact globally. Since 2010, Prof Bowen has held continuous people support NHMRC Fellowships including PhD (2010-14) [awarded by Charles Darwin University  in 2015], Early Career Fellowship (2015-20) and Emerging Leader Investigator (EL2) (2020-24).  

Since PhD completion, Prof Bowen has received >$70 million in funding for over 60 projects  grants and national awards including the 3M EUREKA Emerging Leader in Science Award in 2020, and the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases (ASID) Frank Fenner Award for infectious disease research in 2022.

Awards

Prof Bowen has received numerous awards in recognition of her outstanding research, including:

  • 2023 Publication Excellence Award (Research Translation), Telethon Kids Institute
  • 2023 Cosmo Magazines - 50 Women on the cutting-edge of Science List
  • 2022 Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Dean's Award for Exceptional Performance by Hospital/Health Professional staff
  • 2022 Australian Society of Infectious Diseases Frank Fenner Award
  • 2022 Top Publication Award, Telethon Kids Institute
  • 2020 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science
  • 2020 NHMRC Investigator Award as an Emerging Leader (her third consecutive NHMRC people support award)
  • 2019 WA Tall Poppy Science Award
  • 2018 L’Oréal UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship – one of only 4 awarded nationally, and an Australian finalist for the International Rising Talents Award
  • 2017 Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year at the WA Premier's Science Awards

Research mentoring and training

Prof Bowen has supervised >35 paediatric trainees in clinical work and 16 research projects, leading to publications and presentations. Prof Bowen has also co-supervised 10 Honours, 4 Masters and 2 PhD students to completion. Prof Bowen supervises/mentors a research program of 71 inclusive of a team of 7 PhD students (3 as primary supervisor), 2 Masters, 1 MD, 5 postdoc fellows, 3 Honours and 7 research staff. Prof Bowen mentors countless junior and emerging clinician-researchers in their careers, through individual and group mentorship.

Prof Bowen has also established outreach activities as an ambassador for girls and women pursuing careers in science and reached almost 2000 students at primary, high school and university level (L’Oreal Girls in Science, TKI Girls in Science, CSIRO STEM professional in school).

Research interests

Roles and responsibilities

  • Clinical Professor of the Division of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Western Australia
  • Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Perth Children’s Hospital
  • Team Lead, Healthy Skin and ARF Prevention, Telethon Kids Institute
  • Clinical Senator, WA Health
  • President of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Co-Chair of the Paediatric and Adolescent Panel, National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Cape Town
  • Honorary Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Darwin Hospital

… → 2015

Fellowship: RACP , Royal Australasian College of Physicians

… → 2010

Diploma of Child Health, University of New South Wales

… → 2004

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Sydney

… → 2001

Bachelor of Arts, Geography & Environmental Studies , University of Tasmania

… → 1997

Research expertise keywords

  • impetigo
  • scabies
  • skin infections
  • Streptococcus pyogenes
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Aboriginal health
  • COVID-19
  • rheumatic heart disease
  • acute rheumatic fever
  • paediatric infections including HIV, bacteraemia, TB and congenital CMV

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