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crossing boundaries

molecular interactions in malaria

The Berlin-Canberra alliance addresses fundamental issues in malaria through an International Research Training Program (IRTG 2290). Molecular insights into Plasmodium infections can generate novel evidence-based strategies to develop curative and prophylactic drugs, and immunization strategies that elicit lasting protection against the disease.




The program covers four research areas:

  1. Nutrient Uptake and Metabolism
  2. Parasite Genetics and Adaptations
  3. Immune Responses
  4. Host Genetics and Responses

All research projects will involve work carried out in both Berlin and Canberra and PhD students will graduate with a dual PhD from both the Humboldt University in Berlin and the Australian National University. PhD students in the program will have the opportunity to participate in a customized training program that includes voluntary internships and that will support students in acquiring critical skills to prepare for increasingly globalized and competitive public and private job markets. The program's language is English.

The IRTG 2290 is a member program of the Graduate School at the
IRI Life Sciences and funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Australian National University (ANU).

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The image on our website header depicts the sporozoite stage in the life-cycle of the malaria parasite. This image was kindly provided by Dr. Volker Brinkmann, Head of Microscopy at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, in Berlin.

Upcoming Events


Scientific Thinking - "Malaria by the numbers" 

October 29, 8 a.m./ 6 p.m. 

via videoconference


Status Report meeting 

November 3, 4:30 p.m. 

Seminar room on Campus Philippstr (tba)


"LAP - Life after PhD" seminar series

Dr. Anncharlott Berglar

Freelance Scientific Illustrator

Nov 17, 2020, 4:30 p.m. via zoom



June 15, 2020, 4 p.m.

"Hitchhiking to the next host - The malaria parasite and its carpool"

Francois Korbmacher will give a talk for the "Digital für Natur" series at the Museum für Naturkunde.


Korbmacher et al., 2020. An apicoplast‐resident folate transporter is essential for sporogony of malaria parasites. Cellular Microbiology

Sanketha Kenthirapalan et al. Distinct adaptations of a gametocyte ABC transporter to murine and human Plasmodium parasites and its incompatibility in cross-species complementation. International Journal for Parasitology.

Hirst et al. Differences in Intrinsic Tubulin Dynamics Properties Contribute to Spindle Length Control in Xenopus Species. 
Current Biology 30, 1–7 June 8, 2020

Seeber et al. The apicoplast and mitochondrion of Toxoplasma gondii.

Book chapter. Academic Press, 2020, Toxoplasma gondii .


July 09, 2019: Julia Jäger (HU) gives us impressions of the Hackathon and Innovfest in Singapore