Molecular microbiological identification and typing

Course date: 3-4th of December, 2018. The courses start at 9 am and ends between 4.30 and 5.30 pm.

Registration deadline: 26th of November, 2018.

Course Language: Course will be held in English. Lecturers are Swedish.


  • Day 1, RISE, Jordbruk och livsmedel, Frans Perssons väg 6, Göteborg
  • Day 2, TATAA Biocenter, Odinsgatan 28, Göteborg

Responsible teachers: Charlotta Löfström PhD, Erik Nygren PhD, Robert Sjöback PhD, Filip Stern PhD

Number of students: Up to 15 students

Course fee: 2 days theoretical course inclusive laboratory experiment, 9000 SEK/attendee (excluded VAT). The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch, beverage, light snack, and fruits. Course fees DO NOT include accommodation, airfare or other travel costs.


Molecular analysis methods used for identification and typing of microorganisms are important to determine properties of the microbial strain, e.g. antimicrobial resistance, or to trace outbreaks in the food production chain. In recent years, novel technologies have been introduced based on thorough investigations of the nucleic acid content (DNA/RNA) of the microorganism.

This course provides you with an overview of some of these techniques and gives advice on how to interpret the complex data that are generated. The course focuses on quantitative PCR, whole genome sequencing and metagenomics. Some examples of software and approaches to data analysis of sequencing data will be provided.

Who should attend this course?

The target group for this course includes persons with experience with microbiological analysis methods in e.g. the food or pharmaceutical industry, who needs increased knowledge about methods used for microbial identification, with focus on new DNA/RNA based analysis techniques.

We recommend that you have good knowledge and experience with microbiological laboratory work.

Learning objectives

After attending this course, participants will have obtained knowledge about molecular methods for identification and typing of microorganisms.


Focus in the course is on novel molecular techniques such as qPCR, whole genome sequencing and metagenomics. Some tools for data analysis will also be demonstrated.


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