The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease


Course Objective

1. After the lecture series the students obtained insight in:

- The historical development of microbiological sciences
- Techniques to explore the human microbiome
- Human – Microbe interactions in Health and Disease
- Metabolic strategies of microorganisms
- Interventions with probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics

2. Students have gained experience on thinking and writing about the
impact of microbes on either our environment, human health, or
industrial applications.

Course Content

During 10 lectures, the enormous diversity of microbial life will become
evident. The lectures will include a number of ways to explore microbial
life forms associated with our body, in particular, related to health
disease. Applications of our knowledge on the human microbiota for
diagnostics, prognostics and interventions will be discussed.

Teaching Methods

- 10 lectures (obligatory) including a 4-5 p. perspective
- Visit to the Micropia (

Method of Assessment

- Each student will write a perspective (approximately 4-5 pages) about
a medical or industrial application of a human microbial science.
- The best proposal wins the Annual Microbiome Award

Entry Requirements

Molecular Biology


A collection of selected publications will be made available on the
Canvas site.

Target Audience

MSc students Biomolecular Sciences and Biomedical Sciences

Additional Information

Venue: 'de Volharding' in 'ARTIS' (Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ

Custom Course Registration

All attendees need to register for the course shortly before it starts via the 'student' button on the ARTIS-Micropia website:

Recommended background knowledge

General and Molecular Microbiology

General Information

Course Code AM_1021
Credits 3 EC
Period P3
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. R. Kort
Examiner prof. dr. ir. R. Kort
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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