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 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 supports students in acquiring critical skills to prepare for increasingly globalized and competitive public and private job markets.

The IRTG 2290 is a member program of the Graduate School at the IRI Life Sciences and funded by the German Research Council.


Apply Now! Our projects based at ANU are looking for PhD candidates! Please check out our application site. Deadline December 15, 2017.

October 25th - November 16th, 2017

Our Coordination Office is hiring a Student Assistant! Application period closed.

July 17th - 19th, 2017

Selection Days in Berlin

July 5th, 2017

Apply for our Berlin-based projects

Application period closed!

May 19, 2017

Kick-off Seminar with Kiaran

May 12, 2017

DFG funds IRTG 2290

Information about application for the program will follow soon.


Students and PIs at the IRTG2290 Kick-off meeting in Schorfheide, September 27-29, 2017