The National Institutes of Health has awarded up to $25 million to the La Jolla-based J. Craig Venter Institute to study the genetics of infectious diseases like malaria and influenza.

The funding, which comes from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, are to establish and operate a Genome Center for Infectious Diseases. The aim will be to study pathogen drug resistance and gain insight into how germs impact human infectious diseases, among other areas of study.

The funding will be dispersed over the course of five years. The research will involve more than 50 collaborators at 40 research organizations around the world, but will be led by JCVI co-principal investigators Karen Nelson and William Nierman.

Pathogen genomics have been a focus of JCVI since its inception, the institute said.