Karin is an infectious diseases physician specialising in illnesses common to tropical regions, with specific expertise in gastrointestinal, respiratory, vector-borne and skin infections. Her research also explores imported infections among travellers and immigrants.
Her research group focuses on water and human health issues, analysing exposures, risks, and health outcomes associated with contaminated water supplies and alternative water sources (rainwater, greywater, and recycled water).
Karin is a member of the executive team for the Monash-led five-year RISE project that will investigate the impact of improved environmental health on human health outcomes in informal communities. The project, which involves experts from five Monash faculties, will provide sustainable drinking water and sewage services to 24 slums in Fiji and Indonesia.
“The project is an incredible opportunity to work with others to investigate potential solutions to water and sanitation issues in resource-poor, slum communities,” she says.