Christian Doerig obtained a degree in science education and a PhD in molecular virology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He then pioneered the study of cell signalling in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, and is a recognised leader in this field. He coordinated several EU-funded international consortia in malaria research involving partners in Europe, India and Africa. He was Head of the Department of Microbiology at Monash University (2011-2015) then Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University (2019-2020).
His current research interests include the host cell signaling response to intracellular pathogens such as malaria parasites and the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus, with the purpose of developing Host-Directed Therapy against infectious diseases based on kinase inhibition.
He is "Directeur de Recherches" (on secondment) at the French government biomedical research agency INSERM, Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow and Adjunct Professor at Monash University.