772330 Microbiology and disease

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Schäffer, Christina , Bloch, Susanne , Hager-Mair, Fiona
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Selected bacteria, biofilm diseases and viruses are highlighted in the context of infectious diseases. Microbial diseases are presented according to the human body. The following issues are presented for each disease: disease’s cause, portal of entry, symptoms, incubation period, transmission, and susceptible populations. A focus is also on the immunology of host-microbe interactions as well as treatment, therapies, and prevention of microbial infectious diseases.

- selected bacterial infectious diseases (e.g., Gram-positive cocci, Gram-positive bacter with rudimentary filaments, Gram-negative cocci, Spirochaetes)
- host-microbe interactions (resident microbiota, host defense, phagocytosis, natural killer cells, specific immunity)

- selected viral infectious diseases (e.g., HIV, Influenza, Herpes, Hepatitis A,B,C, HPV)
- prophylaxis, treatments and therapeutics

- Bacterial life-style associated with diseases
- Infection biology
- Biofilms

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge in microbiology

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After successful completion of this lecture, students have gained insight into the mechanisms of selected microbial diseases as a basis for the design of anti-infective therapies.

Students are able
… to assess the infectious potential arising from fungi, bacteria, and viruses
… to define the structure-function relationships governing pathogenicity
… to identify health risks arising from fungi, bacteria, and viruses in different
… to apply their knowledge in the way of looking at scientific challenges in the design of anti-infective therapies

Students have acquired theoretical competence in detection and analysis of infectious organisms.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.