Universität Wien FIND

270159 VO The Chemistry of Microbial Interactions (2021S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 27 - Chemie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates



The lecture will be held in asynchronous form. The lecture videos will be made available via moodle and accompanied by a live Q&A session every Thursday at 14:00. Invitation links will be sent to all registered participants.


Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture provides a comprehensive understanding of central concepts and principles in the chemistry of microbial interactions which are being explained by diverse examples. Hereby the lecture bridges microbiology and organic chemistry.

Topics of the lecture include:

- General aspects of microbial interactions (competition, cooperation, predation) and coordinated social behaviour of microbes
- Microbial quorum sensing signals and regulation pathways and quorum quenching
- Siderophores and iron scavenging mechanisms
- Factors controlling dormancy and resuscitation of microorganisms
- Surface active substances
- Small molecule toxins and antibiotics
- The chemistry of microbe-phage interactions
- Microbe-host interactions (human, animal, plant)

Assessment and permitted materials

written examination, 90 min

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

100 points max.

1 89 – 100
2 76 – 88
3 63 – 75
4 50 – 62
5 0 - 49

Examination topics

online lectures and associated material (see moodle)

Reading list

Association in the course directory


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