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300484 UE Practical Course in Molecular Microbiology, Microbial Ecology and Immunobiology (2016W)

Diversity and function of uncultured microbes in medical and environmental samples

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


max. 12 participants
Language: English



BlockLV vom 30.01.2017 bis 10.02.2017

1. Meeting: 7th November 2016, 9:00 am in the seminar room of the Division for Microbial Ecology (room 2.309, UZA1).

2. Meeting: 20th January 2017, 9:00 am in the seminar room of the Division for Microbial Ecology (room 2.309, UZA1).


Aims, contents and method of the course

Course goals: In this course you will learn modern methods fur studying microorganisms without cultivation, including how to identify microorganisms and visualize them directly in medical and environmental samples and how to study the activity and function of organisms in complex microbial communities.

Places in the course will be assigned based on the set points, the requirements of the different master programs and waiting time.

Assessment and permitted materials

Art der Leistungskontrolle: Benotung beruht auf drei Teilleistungen: praktische Arbeit im Labor, Beteiligung und Präsentation im Seminar, und schriftliches Protokoll. Die erfolgreiche Absolvierung der LV erfordert positive Beurteilungen für alle drei Teilleistungen.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active participation in lab experiments and seminar (incl. presentation), as well as written protocol

Examination topics

Methods: Theoretical knowledge will be disseminated through lectures (PowerPoint Presentations), the course handout and original literature. Supervised hands-on training in independent experiments will teach you how to identify microorganisms through 16S rRNA gene/transcript analysis and fluorescence in situ hybridization techniques (FISH/ CARD-FISH). You will further learn about the use of functional genes/transcripts to identify microorganisms involved in a certain function, and how to investigate their activity with stable isotope probing incubations followed by Raman microspectroscopy. The theoretical principles of high-resolution secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS) coupled to stable isotope incubations will also be discussed.
The course includes computer-based sequence analysis as well as presentations and discussion of the results in student seminars.

Reading list

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