Mona Taouk

Mona Taouk
Mona Taouk, 2023 Doctoral Academy Fellow


Modelling the transmission and evolution of emerging and re-emerging sexually transmissible pathogens


Deborah Williamson, Ben Howden and George Taiaroa


Department of Infectious Diseases - Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

PhD Details

I specialise in using bioinformatics to understand the transmission and evolution of sexually transmissible pathogens, including Treponema pallidum (syphilis), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhoea) and monkeypox virus (mpox). By utilising genomics and computational modelling, I aim to inform public health interventions regarding sexually transmitted infections (STIs). My interdisciplinary approach integrates molecular biology, epidemiology, and public health policy to combat the spread of STIs, highlighting the transformative potential of bioinformatics in infectious disease research.

Q & A

Why did you decide to do a PhD?

I chose to pursue a PhD because I've always been driven by curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. There's something incredibly exciting about the prospect of delving deep into a subject, uncovering its secrets, and pushing the boundaries of what we know. For me, a PhD represents an opportunity to satisfy that intellectual curiosity while also honing my research skills and making a meaningful contribution to my field. It's a chance to explore my interests in depth and hopefully leave a lasting impact on the academic community.

What do you enjoy reading?

I really enjoy reading a wide range of fiction including literary fiction, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi and fantasy.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not working on your PhD?

Outside of my PhD work, I going to new restaurants and cafes with friends. Trying out new food and fun cocktails is my idea of a good time.

Name one fun fact about you.

I'm an amateur photographer and love capturing moments in everyday life, whether it's a stunning landscape or a candid portrait.

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