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.

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.

Keep your eye on

World Malaria Day 2018

"Ready to Beat Malaria"

Check out the Issue Highlight in Cell Reports coauthored by IRTG Spokesperson Kai Matuschewski.


Matz et al., 2018. Cell Reports. 23(3) 756–767

See also HU Press Release (in German)

In Berlin

April 25, 2018 - 4 pm IRI Life Sciences, 3rd Floor


David Baker will give a talk on "The role of cyclic nucleotide signalling in malaria parasites and the potential for new drugs"


To meet the speaker please contact Theresa Störiko

David Baker 25.04.2018.pdf
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April 12-13, 2018

ZIBI Retreat Seehotel Rheinsberg

IN Canberra

PhD Scholarships Available at ANU - Join the Alliance! See applications

In the press

May 12, 2017

International Research Training Group 2290 is funded! DFG & IRI Press releases