General Microbiology

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General microbiology concentrates on structure and function of microbes (bacteria, yeast fungi and viruses) and their mechanisms of interactions with the hosts and environment. The emphasis is on biology and biotechnology of microbes.

The bacterial adhesion group studies molecular basis of infectious diseases and cellular events associated with bacterial invasion. The molecular display studies aim at biotechnology application of protein secretion from Escherichia coli .

Research of microbial ecology aims at defining the function of microbes in plant pathogenesis, as well as in e.g. promotion of plant growth.

Virology focuses on the understanding the structure, assembly and function of biological macromolecule complexes using lipid-containing bacterial viruses as models.

Teaching at the Division of General Microbiology is divided into three main lines: medical microbiology, microbial ecology and virology. Within each line, methodological emphasis is on molecular microbiology and molecular genetics, and our aim is to link teaching to research early in the studies. Laboratory courses are given in microbiological methodology, bacterial genetics, biotechnology, medical microbiology and immunology, microbial ecology and virology.

The microbiologists graduated from the General Microbiology are employed in academic or industrial research institutions, in product development, quality control or marketing in medical and food industry, as well as in companies dealing with environmental matters.