Evelyn Lavu

Dr. Evelyn Koru Lavu
University of Papua New Guinea

Evelyn Lavu has vast experience in service delivery, teaching, research and leadership in various organizations in her career in Papua New Guinea (PNG). She is a Haematologist and a Public Health doctor and heads the Central Public Health Laboratory with the National Department of Health. In PNG she has led in the areas of human immunodeficiency virus, malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and vaccine preventable diseases measles, rubella etc. Her current interest in research in collaboration with Australian researchers with funding from the Australian National Medical Research Council (NHMRC) include drug resistance conferring mutations in drug resistant TB (DR-TB) in PNG and transmission pathways of TB in PNG, a public health infection of concern. Others include PI in Human Papilloma virus (HPV) in cervical cancer. Past research projects include HIV, malaria and TB. Her community service includes being the President of her local village health program where health checks and PAP smears are conducted for about 200 females and followed up and early lesions in affected women by cervical cancer referred for further treatment. Recently she started working on research in drug resistant conferring mutations and Mycobacterium tuberculosis lineages in Papua New Guinea as part of her PhD program. The WIPO Re:Search fellowship will contribute to the completion of this work.