Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is New Zealand’s leading independent biomedical research institute.

The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is an independent research organisation situated on Victoria University of Wellington’s Kelburn campus. Senior Malaghan Institute staff have joint appointments with the School of Biological Sciences, where they teach and supervise research students.

About the Malaghan Institute

The Malaghan Institute is New Zealand’s premier vaccine and immunology research centre and is a charitable trust. Our scientists are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of cancer, asthma and allergy, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and human hookworm, through the development of more effective immunological based disease therapies. We work closely with hospitals, clinics, universities and Crown Research Institutes throughout New Zealand and have an extensive network of international collaborators.

The Malaghan Institute has strong links with Victoria University research and academia, in particular Professor Anne La Flamme, who heads our Multiple Sclerosis research programme and Dr Mattie Timmer who co-heads our Immunoglycomics research group.

Our scientists are also collaborating on research projects with Dr Bill Jordan, Dr Lifeng Peng and Professor John Miller of the School of Biological Sciences. Several of our senior research staff are lecturers in the School of Biological Sciences.

Postgraduate study at the Malaghan Institute

Postgraduate study positions are available at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research. The Institute has an international reputation as a cutting-edge biomedical research and training facility, housing some of New Zealand’s brightest and most creative postgraduate students. We have a long-standing affiliation with New Zealand Universities and are held in high regard as one of the leading organisations for students to complete a PhD in Immunology.

Students who undertake postgraduate research at the Malaghan Institute are sought after around the world because of the intensive training they receive in current cutting-edge technologies and ideas.

At present we have PhD graduates working at leading international research Institute’s throughout Australia, Europe and the United States, including the Trudeau Institute, New York; National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA; EPFL, Switzerland; and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

While completing their PhD, students are encouraged to attend international conferences and to visit collaborators laboratories overseas to ensure they keep abreast of the latest developments in their particular field of research.

For further information

As postgraduate and summer studentship positions become available they are advertised on the Malaghan Institute. Or you can register your interest in a particular disease area or project by contacting one of our senior research scientists:

Group leaders






    Research associate

    Professor Anne La Flamme Multiple Sclerosis

    Senior research fellow

    Dr Melanie McConnell Genetics and Cancer