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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 Drug Discovery

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

Life After PhD - Seminar

11 May 2021, 5.30 p.m. Berlin time via zoom

Speaker: Bastian Gastl

Medical Science Liasion at Novocure

PI Lecture Series

May 6, 2021

Alexander Maier

ANU, Research School of Biology

9 a.m. Berlin Time

May 20, 2021

Frank Seeber

Robert Koch Institute Berlin

9 a.m. Berlin Time

IRTG 2290 Management course

26 - 28 - 31 May 2021 and 4 - 7 - 11 June 2021

9 - 12:30 a.m. (Berlin)/ 5 - 8:30 p.m. (Canb.)

via zoom

Malaria by the numbers 

27 May 2021 8 a.m. / 4 p.m.

via zoom


Mukherjee et al. 2021 Dual RNA-seq meta-analysis in Plasmodium infection identifies host-parasite interactions. mSystems

Diemer et al. 2021 Sperm migration in the genital tract - in silico experiments identify key factors for reproductive success, PLoS Computational Biology

Fraser et al. 2021 Of Membranes and Malaria: Phospholipid Asymmetry in Plasmodium falciparum-Infected Red Blood Cells’, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 


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.


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