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.

Call for applications for PhD Scholarships is open now!  

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Upcoming Events

Kai WENGELNIK (University of Montpellier)

13 February 2020, 10 am - 11 am

Maud Menten Hall (3rd floor), IRI-LS

Philippstr. 13, Building 18, 10115 Berlin


Student's day  
3 April 2020, 4.30 pm

Maud Menten Hall (3rd Floor), IRI-LS

Philippstr. 13, Building 18, 10115 Berlin


Olivier SILVIE (Sorbonne Université)

23 April 2020, 10 am - 11 am

Maud Menten Hall (3rd floor), IRI-LS

Philippstr. 13, Building 18, 10115 Berlin


Assessment center 
26 - 28 May 2020



Symposium "Malaria Research" 
28 September 2020
Humboldt Graduate School, Festsaal


IRTG2290 Retreat 
29 September - 2 October 2020

Lutherstadt Wittenberg


Check out our 2019 articles:


"MTrack: Automated Detection, Tracking, and Analysis of Dynamic Microtubules." in Scientific Reports.


"Plasmodium Para - Aminobenzoate Sythesis and Salvage Resolve Avoidance of Folate Competetion and Adaption to Host Diet" in Cell Report.


"The Centrosome Protein AKNA Regulates Neurogenesis via Microtubule Organization" in Nature


"Purification of Cross-Linked RNA-Protein Complexes by Phenol-Tuluol Extraction" in Nature Communications


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

In the press

March 18, 2019

Australian Embassy interviews Dr. Alex Maier: A German Malaria Researcher in Canberra