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Infection Microbiology Module A
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3125-20-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 31/01/2020
Date and time02.03.2020, at: 00:00 - 13.03.2020, at: 00:00
Regular seats16
Course fee15,960.00 kr.
LecturersLine Elnif Thomsen
ECTS credits6.00
Contact personLine Elnif Thomsen    E-mail address: leth@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School). All other participants must pay the course fee.
Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student, you will be placed on the waiting list for the course until enrollment deadline. After the deadline of enrollment, available seats will be allocated to students on the waiting list.

Course title
Infection Microbiology Module A

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. Knowledge:
Describe the different tools used to investigate bacterial genes and regulation
Describe aspects of pathogenic bacteria, including virulence, resistance, gene regulation and expression
Understand genetic techniques
2. Skills:
Ability to work in the laboratory with selected experimental techniques and methods with are applied when working with bacteria
Ability to compare and apply methods to solve microbial problems
Handle pathogenic bacteria and host models
3. Competences:
Cooperate with fellow students about carrying out and evaluating laboratory experiments
Carry out molecular microbiology experiments on other bacteria
Analyse and critically evaluate results

The theoretical and practical teaching is concentrated in a 2-week period. Lectures and practical exercises will be integrated to obtain a close link between practical and theoretical aspects of the topics covered.

The objective of the course is to give the students a thorough understanding of important subjects within infection microbiology.

The Infection Microbiology module A course covers areas as signaling pathways in bacterial virulence, stress response and invasion. The course focuses on how to genetically manipulate bacteria and investigate the function of selected genes. It provides theoretical insight and hand-on experience with the most important tools required for addressing basic scientific questions using molecular microbiology and a basic hand-on experience with the use of cell cultures in studies of host-pathogenic bacteria interactions. The course will cover PCR techniques, DNA cloning, gene specific and random mutagenesis, as well as analysis of gene expression using various techniques, including trouble-shooting. In the cell culture part of the course, preparation and maintenance of cell cultures, primary cell cultures, adhesion and invasion assays will be covered theoretically and practically. In addition to a number of practical exercises, the course contains lectures covering the theoretical aspects of the various techniques as well as the potential pitfalls encountered when working with pathogenic bacteria. The course will present you various different pathogenic bacteria, both in the practical part, but also in the lectures.
Note that the A module is a completely independent course, not requiring participation in other modules.

PhD students, require a basic knowledge on bacteria and their genetics

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

All graduate programmes
Molecular Bacteriology and Infection


Lectures, group work, discussions, poster presentations, laboratory exercises

Course director
Line Elnif Thomsen, associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences/Section for Veterinary Clinical Microbiology. leth@sund.ku.dk

Line Elnif Thomsen, associate Professor and staff from responsible department as well as scientists from other research institutions.


Course location
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Stigboejlen 4, 1870 Frederiksberg C

Please register before 31.01.2020

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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