Dr. Michael Käser, PhD

Head of Project and Grant Unit

Organisational Entity

Professional activities at Swiss TPH


  • Institutional project development and academic management
  • Grant applications to international funding organisations
  • International Relations with emphasis on North-South collaboration
  • Research capacity building with focus on low and middle income countries


Higher education and qualifications


  • 2015-2019: Academic Project Management (certified courses)
  • 2014-2018: Safety and security Management (certified courses)
  • 2012-2016: Multi-stakeholder Policy, Strategy and Governance
  • since 2009: International Academic Management
  • 2004-2005: Dozierenden Programm Hochschuldidaktik (University of Basel)
  • 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, and Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Germany
  • 1990: Certified Ambulance Officer, Bavarian Red Cross


Past professional activities at Swiss TPH


  • since 2013: Head of Project & Grant Service Unit, Swiss TPH, Basel, Switzerland: International relations, third-party fund acquisition, grant applications in support of project leaders and international collaborating partner organisations
  • 2014-2017: Travel Safety Officer, Swiss TPH, and partner of the Swiss Security Network: Development of Swiss TPH travel safety & security concept
  • since 2014: Consultancies for research & development management
  • since 2012: Evaluation of global training and career development programmes; Evaluation of strategic grant applications
  • 2012-2014: Policy, Strategy, and Governance at the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat, hosted by World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
  • since 2011: Research scientist and research grant advisor for North-South collaboration at the Swiss TPH, Basel, Switzerland
  • 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: Basic research and research capacity building
  • since 2004: Lecturer at University of Basel and Faculty of University of Ghana (2009-2011)
  • 2004-2012: Neglected tropical diseases research: Molecular epidemiology and evolution, genetic  fingerprinting, diagnostic test development, clinical studies
  • 2004-2005: postdoctoral research scientist, Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel, in cooperation with Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Basel




  • Swiss TPH support group managing board
  • Governing Board of Horizon 2020 Human biomonitoring for Europe (HMB4EU) initiative
  • Registered independent expert to the European Commission
  • WHO/TDR Review team of Regional Training Centres
  • Swiss Security Network, hosted by CINFO
  • Alumni of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)
  • American Society of Microbiology

Käser M, Maure C, Halpaap B.M, Vahedi M, Yamaka S, Launois P, Casamitjana N. Research capacity strengthening in low and middle income countries - an evaluation of the WHO/TDR career development fellowship programme. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016;10(5):e0004631. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004631

Sankoh O, de Savigny D, Long K.Z, Käser M, Karim A, Mäusezahl D, Tanner M. CHESS: an innovative concept for a new generation of population surveillance. Lancet Glob Health. 2015;3(12):e742. DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00180-1

Teuscher T, Käser M, Agarwal K, Maguire M. Improving livelihoods beyond 2015: linking malaria control with sustainable development. Global Health and Diplomacy. 2012:12-14

Käser M, Hauser J, Pluschke G. Single nucleotide polymorphisms on the road to strain differentiation in Mycobacterium ulcerans. J Clin Microbiol. 2009;47(11):3647-3652. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.00761-09

Käser M, Hauser J, Small P, Pluschke G. Large sequence polymorphisms unveil the phylogenetic relationship of environmental and pathogenic mycobacteria related to Mycobacterium ulcerans. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009;75(17):5667-5675. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00446-09

Käser M, Ruf M.T, Hauser J, Marsollier L, Pluschke G. Optimized method for preparation of DNA from pathogenic and environmental mycobacteria. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009;75(2):414-418

Huber C.A, Ruf M.T, Pluschke G, Käser M. Independent loss of immunogenic proteins in Mycobacterium ulcerans suggests immune evasion. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2008;15(4):598-606. DOI: 10.1128/CVI.00472-07

Hilty M, Käser M, Zinsstag J, Stinear T, Pluschke G. Analysis of the Mycobacterium ulcerans genome sequence reveals new loci for variable number tandem repeats (VNTR) typing. Microbiology. 2007;153(Pt 5):1483-1487

Käser M, Rondini S, Naegeli M, Stinear T, Portaels F, Certa U, Pluschke G. Evolution of two distinct phylogenetic lineages of the emerging human pathogen Mycobacterium ulcerans. BMC Evol Biol. 2007;7:177

Käser M, Kambacheld M, Kisters-Woike B, Langer T. Oma1, a novel membrane-bound metallopeptidase in mitochondria with activities overlapping with the m-AAA protease. J Biol Chem. 2003;278(47):46414-46423

Käser M, Langer T. Protein degradation in mitochondria. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2000;11(3):181-190. DOI: 10.1006/scdb.2000.0166