Bacterial biofilms - microbiology and infection

Third-cycle level | 3.0 credits | Course code: SK00032
VT 2023
Study period: 2023-04-17 - 2023-04-28
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in English
Application period: 2022-10-01 - 2022-10-21

Course description

This course will provide participants with a theoretical understanding of bacterial biofilms and of the health care problems related to infections involving biofilms, including antimicrobial resistance. It will cover clinical, infectious and microbiological aspects of biofilm-related infections (device-related and tissue infections).
The course will also describe research methodology to study biofilms, including laboratory demonstrations of basic and advanced microbiological techniques: biofilm culturing methods (static and flow), viable colony counting (CFU), species identification (biochemical and 16S rRNA), strain typing (MLST, cgMLST), susceptibility testing (disk diffusion, MIC and MBEC), biofilm morphology (confocal microscopy and crystal violet), gene detection (antimicrobial resistant- and biofilm-related genes) and gene expression (qPCR/ddPCR). Participants will gain hands-on experience in data analysis of the mentioned techniques.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

Registered as a PhD student.


Selection is performed according to the following:

  1. PhD students at Sahlgrenska Academy,
  2. PhD students enrolled at another university within a formal collaborative agreement on doctoral education with Sahlgrenska Academy,
  3. PhD students enrolled at another faculty at the University of Gothenburg or another university in Sweden,
  4. PhD students enrolled at a university outside Sweden.

Other information

Course coordinators: Margarita Trobos, and Erika Lindberg,
Course administrator: Rose Marie Tschina,
Course dates: 17 - 28 April 2023
Number of course places: 7-15

Course syllabus



Institute of Clinical Sciences


Health Sciences

Type of course

Subject area course


Bakteriella biofilmer, Bacterial biofilms , infection

CONTACTMargarita Trobos