Christian L. Althaus


Christian is the head of the Immuno-Epidemiology research group. His research focuses on the dynamics of viruses within and between hosts, emerging infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance (see Projects).

Education and Academic Degrees

  • University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
    – Habilitation, Faculty of Medicine, 2017
  • Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    – Ph.D., Theoretical Biology, 2005 – 2009
    – Thesis supervisor: Rob J. De Boer
  • ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    – Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology, 1998 – 2004
    – Thesis supervisor: Sebastian Bonhoeffer
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
    – Erasmus exchange programme, 2002

Academic Appointments

  • Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
    Member of senior management group (October, 2017 – present)
    Research group leader (December, 2014 – present)
    SNSF Ambizione research fellow (October, 2011 – November, 2014)
    Postdoctoral fellow (March, 2009 – September, 2011)
  • Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics, Utrecht University
    Research assistant (March, 2005 – February, 2009)
  • Institute for Ecology & Evolution, ETH Zurich
    Research assistant (November, 2004 – February, 2005)

Editorial & Review Work

  • PeerJ: Academic Editor
  • PLOS ONE: Academic Editor
  • Matters: Editorial Board
  • PLOS Computational Biology: Guest Editor
  • PLOS Currents: Outbreaks: Board of Reviewers
  • Reviewed for Science, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, PLOS Medicine and others

Grants, Awards & Fellowships

  • 2015: World Health Organization (WHO): Developing guidance on incorporating modelling into WHO guidelines, 65’000 CHF, Role: Co-PI (PI: M. Egger)
  • 2014: Krebsliga Schweiz – Swiss Cancer Research: What will be the impact of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination on HPV-associated cancers in Switzerland? A mathematical modelling study, 261’900 CHF, Role: PI
  • 2013: SwissTransMed project (Platforms for Translational Research in Medicine): Rapid diagnosis of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhoea: RADAR-Go, 2’026’624 CHF, Role: Co-PI (PI: N. Low)
  • 2013: Interdisciplinary PhD Project (IPhD) grant from (The Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology): Exploring response surfaces and synergistic interactions of antibiotic combination treatment for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, 192’000 CHF, Role: PI
  • 2011: Ambizione Fellowship awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF): Acute and chronic dynamics of HIV and HCV infections, within-host evolution and epidemiological outcomes, 439’722 CHF
  • 2009: Promotion of Young Researchers by the University of Bern Intermediate Staff Association
  • 2004: ETH Zurich travel award
  • 2002: Erasmus exchange programme
  • 1997: Schweizer Jugend forscht (Swiss Youth in Science) study week


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