Master’s studies

Syllabus for Molecular Infection Biology

Molekylärmedicinsk infektionsbiologi


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG323
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2015-04-15
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2015
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits including 60 credits in biology and 30 credits in chemistry.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

After having completed the course the students should be able to:

  • account for structure and function of infectious viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi and explain the differences between groups of infectious organisms
  • explain a general infection process and list the different stages
  • account for the most important components of the human immune system and for the components that are important in various types of infections
  • describe the most common virulence factors in bacteria, viruses, parasites and worms and explain how they have evolved and how they can be transmitted
  • account for the most common diagnostic methods and treatments within infection biology and for the mechanisms of antibiotic resistance
  • practice adequate methodology for work with infectious microorganisms
  • analyse infection biological research data, draw conclusions, and propose testable hypotheses from the analysed data
  • review critically scientific papers in the field
  • identify and in a structured way discuss aspects related to research ethics, public health ethics, and global justice.


Bacteriology: The fundamental structure of bacteria, especially structures and mechanisms important for pathogenicity and virulence. Virology: Components and structures of viral particles and the basis of virus classification.
Parasitology and mycology: General and specific properties of infectious protozoa, worms and fungi.
Immunology: Adaptive and innate immunity. Virulence factors: Description of the most common virulence mechanisms. Diagnostics and vaccination: Basal principles for diagnosis and vaccination. The basis for PCR, RT-PCR, immunofluorecsence, ELISA, FACS and Western blotting.
Antibiotics and antibiotics resistance: Principles of antibiotic mechanisms. Mechanisms of the origin of antibiotics resistance.

Laboratory sessions

- Studies of modes of action of antibiotics.
- Diagnostics of parasitic diseases.
- Studies of host parasite interactions.


Reading and critical examination of current scientific articles within infection biology. Teacher-supervised group discussions.


Teaching includes lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals. Participation in seminars and practicals is compulsory.


Modules: Laboratory practicals and seminars 4 credits; Theory I, 5 credits; Theory II, 6 credits.

Practicals and seminars require active participation. The theory is examined trough two written exams: an examination of more detailed knowledge after the first part of the course (Theory I) and a comprehensive examination (Theory II) at the end of the course.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2015

  • Schaechter's mechanisms of microbial disease Schaechter, Moselio.; Engleberg, N. Cary.; DiRita, Victor J.; Dermody, Terence.

    5th ed.: Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2013

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