MIB-50803 Microbes Inside


Studiepunten 3.00

Course coordinator(s)dr. C Belzer
prof. dr. WM de Vos
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. WM de Vos
dr. C Belzer
Examiner(s)prof. dr. WM de Vos
dr. C Belzer

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basic knowledge in biological sciences


Our intestinal tract is colonized since birth by mainly anaerobic microbes that contribute to the processing of our food but also have developed intimate interactions with our cells impacting health and disease. A series of expert lectures will build upon the developed knowledge in the BSc Minor and provide an integrated view of the human intestinal tract and their microbes including their cross-talk and importance for the pharma and food industry. Practical aspects are taught in the Advanced Practical Course Microbiology MIB30303.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to: - explain the basic mechanisms by which microbes colonize the intestinal tract and interact with the host;
- describe high throughput approaches to study intestinal functionality in health and disease;
- describe effects of dietary components on gut microbiota and host.


Attend lectures supported by literature.


The final mark is based on a written exam covering lectures and literature.


"Biology of Microorganisms" (Brock 12th or 13rd ed) or "Microbiology" (Prescott et al 7th ed). Additional reading and hand-outs will be made available.

Verplicht voor: WUMINBSc Minor Microbes Inside3AF