FRM9905 - NFIF - Molecular microbiology in pathogenesis and evolution

Course content

Molecular microbiology in pathogenesis and evolution is an advanced level course within medical and pharmaceutical molecular microbiology. The course will focus on recent breakthroughs and advances in the field of molecular microbiology, with a special emphasis on microbial pathogenesis and links to microbial evolution and antimicrobial resistance, also including (but not limited to) selected topics within microbial epidemiology, host-pathogen interactions, and microbial communities. The course will be particularly focused toward human and animal disease aspects, and lectures/teaching activities will be given by active researchers in the field, presenting studies described in recent peer-reviewed literature.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should:

  • Have an indebt understanding of the molecular mechanisms that drives microbial evolution within pathogenesis and host immunity.
  • Have an indebt understanding of development of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Have a broad understanding of the development of new antimicrobial therapies
  • Have an understanding of social challenges associated intake of antimicrobials.
  • Be able to write a research grant proposal.
  • Be able to communicate results written and orally to a broader audience.


The final registration deadline has not yet been determined. The course will most likely be held in November 2016.

For more information, please contact Hanne Cecilie Winther-Larsen.

PhD candidates who are admitted to other education institutions than UiO must at the same time apply for visiting status. They must submit the same documentation as regular visiting status applicants, but the application and documentation is to be sent by e-mail to The School of Pharmacy, and not to the Faculty point of contact. Applicants must be able to present original documentation on request.

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, PhD students who are members of the Norwegian School of Pharmacy will have priority.


The course is centered on a one week obligatory session held in Oslo from Monday morning to Friday afternnon. The week will include lectures by local, national and foreign invited speakers within the topic of molecular microbiology. Within the week the attendees will give an obligatory short presentation on their own research project. Prior to this course week the students will receive course material, and will from a set of selected publications be expected to discuss the research article. Discussion groups between students and lecturers will be established. Attendance is obligatory. Course literature will be pre-selected and accessible to course participants in due time prior to the course.

Obligatory activities:

One week course in Oslo which includes

  • 21 lectures
  • short presentation on your own research project
  • student – lecture discussion Groups

Key lecturers (preliminary)

Sven Bergström, Umeå universitet
Tore Midtvedt, Karolinska Institutet
Keira Melican, Karolinska Institutet
Hanne C. Winther-Larsen, UiO
Hege Vangstein Aamodt, Akershus Universitetssykehus
Kaare Magne Nielsen, HiOA
Pål Johnsen, UiT
Ole Herman Ambur, Akershus Universitetssykehus
Gunnstein Nordheim, Folkehelseinstituttet
Dirk Linke, UiO
Tor Gjøen, UiO
Ole Andreas Økstad, UiO
Finn Eirik Johansen, UiO
Pål Rongved, UiO
Preben Morth, Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway
Ingvild Odsbu, Folkehelseinstituttet


Each student will be evaluated by two obligatory written assignments based on the course theme and literature in addition their active participation during the course. The student will be given a pre-assignment to write a 4 page sketch research grant proposal in English that they will expected to present during the one week course in Oslo. The last day of the course they will be presented a second obligatory assignment to write a 4 page popular science communication within the topic of molecular microbiology for a more general audience e.g. Apollon,, NBS-nytt, an article the students are expected to submit. The article shall be based on one (or several coherent) topics presented by the lecturers. The article can be in Norwegian or English.

Evaluation of:

  • 2 written assignments; one pre and one post assignment
  • 1 presentation of the pre-assignment

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale.


The course is organised by the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo in cooperation with the National PhD School in Pharmacy.


Hanne C. Winther-Larsen, UiO



Published June 2, 2016 1:04 PM - Last modified Feb. 8, 2020 9:31 AM