Our research


We're focused on finding ways to assist or train our immune system to better recognise and target different forms of cancer. We also research the underlying biology of cancer to find better treatment options.

CAR T-cell therapy

A revolutionary new approach to fighting cancer, CAR T-cell therapy has the potential to transform cancer treatment.

Allergic & inflammatory disease

We’re investigating the underlying genetic and environmental factors that lead to allergic and inflammatory diseases to find new ways to target and treat these debilitating conditions.

Hookworm therapy

We're exploring the therapeutic potential of human hookworms to ultimately find better treatment options for a range of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, including coeliac, asthma, allergy, MS and IBD.

Infectious disease

We're investigating the role of the immune system in fighting infectious diseases to develop more effective, longer-lasting treatments and preventions


Together with partners, the Malaghan Institute is building New Zealand’s capability for vaccine development, including against COVID-19.

Immune health

We're unravelling the relationship between our gut, diet and our immune system to help improve health outcomes in the areas of allergic, inflammatory and infectious diseases.

Immune system

The immune system is our body’s natural defence mechanism. It is a complex and sophisticated network of cells, proteins and organs that work together to protect us from threats like viruses, parasites, harmful bacteria and cancerous cells.


Immunotherapy harnesses the potential of both the innate and adaptive immune system. Immunologists research ways to manipulate cells and structures within the immune system, to create therapies that directly combat a disease.