Professor Ivo Mueller holds a joint appointment between Institut Pasteur and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He conducts population-based malaria studies that are both scientifically excellent and locally relevant for the control and eventual elimination of malaria by bridging from basic Plasmodium biology to clinical development of new interventions to control and eventually eliminate malaria. The research is focused around three main themes: 1) the comparative biology of P. falciparum and P. vivax host-parasite interactions; 2) the (clinical) epidemiology and intervention research in Papua New Guinea and the Americas; and 3) evaluation of the impact of intensified malaria control programs on malaria burden and host-vector-parasite interaction. Implementing this program means drawing on diverse scientific disciplines ranging from molecular parasitology, host genetic adaptations and immune responses, clinical, epidemiological and population-based research, curative and preventative interventions to research on health systems, monitoring and evaluation, and social aspects of malaria.
Professor Mueller earned a master’s of Science in Botany and Population Biology from University of Basel, a master’s of Science in Statistics from University of Neuchatel, and doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. He held a number of positions at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, including malaria epidemiologist (2002-2004), head of the Vector Borne Disease Unit (2005-2007), chief scientist (2008), and deputy director for Science (2009-2010).