Microbiology and virology

lbio1311  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Microbiology and virology
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
4 credits
40.0 h + 15.0 h
Desguin Benoît; Michiels Thomas;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course is divided into two main sections corresponding to the type of microorganism studied. The Bacteriology part includes: the historical accounts of microbiology, the bacterial structure, physiology and metabolism, the diversity and classification of bacteria, the various ways to control microorganisms, microbial ecology, food and industrial microbiology and finally an introduction to descriptive epidemiology. In the Virology part, the following notions are explained and illustrated: structure of viruses and viral cycles, classification, interaction between host and virus (cellular transformation, latency, antigenic variation, cancer, oncogenes, HIV), use and manipulation of viruses, antiviral vaccination and antiviral agents, virus of plants, prions and non conventional viruses.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The main objectives of the Microbiology course is to establish the basic knowledge on microbes, mostly bacteria and viruses, and their relationships with other organisms, mainly plants and animals. Also included are the biochemical and molecular techniques and strategies used to study, but also to control, these microorganisms.
Teaching materials
  • Bactériologie : Dias du cours disponibles sur Moodle.
  • Virologie : Site coordonné en support à l'enseignement de la virologie: https://www.virologie-uclouvain.be.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Biology

Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine

Minor in Biology