New International Research Training Group celebrated at ANU

Friday 2 June 2017
Logo for The Australian Society for Parasitology Inc. A bright red stylised red parasitic worm with a white stripe down the middle and two white elongated shapes at the head encircles the blue lettering.
Left: Immunofluorescence image of a trophozoite-stage Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cell (green: Maurer’s clefts; parasite nucleus: blue) Right: Scanning Electron Microscopy image of a Plasmodium falciparum male gametocyte

ANU Parasitologists from CAM, JCSMR and RSB have celebrated the creation of a new International Research Training Group (IRTG) in conjunction with the Humboldt University in Berlin.

IRTGs provide opportunities for joint doctoral training programmes between German universities and universities internationally. The research and study programmes are jointly developed and supervised.

The IRTG ‘Crossing Boundaries: Molecular Interactions in Malaria’ is a partnership between ANU and Humboldt University of Berlin, and has been funded by the German Research Foundation in collaboration with the ANU. The program looks to answer fundamental problems in malaria, e.g: molecular host-parasite interactions with the goal to develop new interventions strategies.

Accepted participants will study at both the ANU and Humboldt University. They will spend at least 12 months at the partner university and earn dual PhDs, one from each institution. This program will give students the opportunity to undertake industry internships, and collaborate with non-university companies and institutions, such as the World Health Organisation, NGOs, publishers and pharmaceutical companies.

One goal is to train graduates to become independent, interdisciplinary, innovative researchers. To realise this goal, there will also be a customised training program (including voluntary internships) to support the PhD students in acquiring critical skills to prepare for increasingly globalised and competitive public and private job markets.

The selection program will start in September 2017 for the February 2018 student intake.

For more information, and to apply for this program, please visit ANU/Humboldt-University Graduate School.

CAM Research Project: Characterisation of the virulence complex of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum

RSB: ANU Parasitologists celebrate new international graduate school


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