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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

PI lecture series

February 18, 2021

Prof. Dr. Christian Schmitz-Linneweber

Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin 

Department of Biology

9 a.m. Berlin time via zoom


Life after PhD

February 16, 2021

Dr. Jörg Stange

HFP Consulting, COO (interim) & Consultant
Host: Juliane Lippmann (IRTG2290)

4.30 a.m. Berlin time via zoom


Berlin-Canberra Malaria Seminar Series

March 25, 2021

Prof. Gordon Awandare

University of Ghana, Head of West African Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens

10 a.m. Berlin time via zoom


Malaria by the numbers

Postponed to 29 April 2021


Fraser et al. Breakdown in membrane asymmetry regulation leads to monocyte recognition of P. falciparum-infected red blood cells. PLoS Pathogens

Chatterjee & Cockburn. The challenges of a circumsporozoite protein-based malaria vaccine. Expert Rev Vaccines

Reusch et al., Affinity Purification of Label-free Tubulins from Xenopus Egg Extracts

STAR Protocols, CellPress


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