ENT-51306 Frontiers in Medical and Veterinary Biology


Studiepunten 6.00

Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. CJM Koenraadt
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. CJM Koenraadt
dr. ir. P van Baarlen
dr. ir. GP Pijlman
dr. MG Sterken
Examiner(s)dr. ir. CJM Koenraadt

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

2nd year BSc curricula Biology, Animal Sciences and Plant Sciences prepares for this course.

Continuation courses:

Thesis in Entomology, Nematology, Virology or Phytopathology.


Human and animal health is at a constant threat of e.g. viruses, protozoa, bacteria, fungi, oomycetes, flatworms, nematodes, mites, ticks and insects. These organisms may be the direct cause of a disease, or they may be act as disease vector. The diseases comprise e.g. malaria, West Nile virus, influenza, avian flu, Lyme disease, sleeping sickness, filariasis, shigellosis, salmonellosis, aspergillosis, shigellosis, athlete's foot, etc. Microorganisms, nematodes or insects can also provide a solution to human or animal health problems.
To contribute to solutions to combat diseases caused by pathogens and parasites it is important to have a profound insight into the biology of host-pathogen, host-parasite, or host-pathogen-vector interactions.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate insight into ecological, physiological and molecular biological aspects of biointeractions in relation to medical and veterinary biology;
- clarify how fundamental aspects of these interactions can be used both to (a) understand the ingenious strategies pathogenic organisms use to exploit their hosts and to (b) develop novel strategies for improvement of human and animal health;
- recognize state-of-the-art scientific advances in disease control (vaccines, drugs, pest control);
- integrate scientific information from different disciplines such as phytopathology, nematology, virology and entomology in the context of infectious diseases of animals and humans.


- lectures;
- practicals on the ecology, physiology and molecular biology of infectious diseases and their vectors;
- writing of report that incorporates knowledge from recent literature in the field of medical and veterinary biology.

- giving an oral presentation on the results of the practical


- written examination on the contents of the handouts (50%);
- evaluation of practical report (25%);
- evaluation of practical presentation (25%).
The minimum pass-mark for each of the sub-marks is 5.5.


Handouts of the lectures will be provided during the course. A reader for the laboratory practicals will also be available for each specific practical subject. Each lecture will be accompanied by a scientific article relevant to the topic of that lecture.

Verplicht voor: WUBIDBSc Minor Biology of Infectious Diseases3WD