Dr. Michael Käser, PhD

Head of Project and Grant Service

Organisational Entity

Professional activities at Swiss TPH

  • Institutional project development and grant applications to international funding organisations
  • International Relations with emphasis on North-South collaboration
  • Travel safety officer
  • Academic management
  • Research capacity building in low and middle income countries
  • Neglected tropical diseases research: Molecular evolution, genetic  fingerprinting; diagnostic tests, molecular epidemiology; clinical studies

Higher education and qualifications

  • since 2015: Project Management (certified courses)
  • since 2014: Safety and security Management (certified courses)
  • since 2012: Multi-stakeholder Policy, Strategy and Governance
  • since 2009: International University Management
  • since 2004: Lecturer at Universities
  • 2004: DFG-awardee Postdoctoral research scientist, Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2003: ZIEL awardee postdoctoral research fellow, Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan, Technical University München, Germany,
  • 2002: Consultant (Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, GTZ) Dakar, Sénégal
  • 1997-2002: PhD in biochemistry/cell biology, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität München, Germany, Institut für Physiologische Chemie (Prof. W. Neupert)
  • 1997: Diploma in Biology (Population genetics, anthropology, physiology, ethnology), Georg August University Göttingen, Germany, and Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Germany
  • 1990: Certified Ambulance Officer, Bavarian Red Cross

Past professional activities at Swiss TPH

  • since 2013: Head of Project and Grant Service Unit at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland; Consultancies for research & development management; International Relations
  • since 2012: Evaluation of global training and career development programmes; Evaluation of strategic grant applications
  • 2012: Policy, Strategy, and Governance at the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat, hosted by World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2011: Research scientist and project coordinator for North-South collaboration and  research capacity building
  • 2009-2011: Setup of the DAAD Centre of Excellence PhD research program as Senior lecturer and coordinator of the DAAD “Ghanaian-German Centre for Health Research”, University of Ghana, School of Public Health, Accra, Ghana
  • 2006-2009: Research Scientist, project leader, and university lecturer, Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel
  • 2004-2005: postdoctoral research scientist, Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel, in cooperation with Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Basel


  • Swiss TPH support group managing board – chairman DBS
  • WHO and WHO/TDR Review team of the Regional Training Centre AFRO selection
  • Registered independent expert to the European Commission
  • Alumni of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Faculty of University of Ghana (2009-2011)
  • Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)
  • American Society of Microbiology


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