Netherlands, Utrecht (Utrecht City Campus)

Molecular Recognition of Tick-Borne Pathogens

when 5 August 2013 - 16 August 2013
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 2585

Ticks and tick-borne diseases affect animal and human health worldwide. Tick identification, which will be addressed in the course Tick Identification prior to this course, and molecular recognition of pathogens in ticks are key elements in disease outbreak investigations and field surveys. In this intensive practical laboratory course of 2 weeks students perform PCR combined with Reverse Line Blot (RLB) hybridization. RLB is a robust technique, wherein up to 40 different tick-borne pathogens can be detected simultaneously. This technique allows for the discovery of novel pathogens. The program includes a field trip to collect ticks, training how to design field surveys and highlighted by several international guest lectures.

Course leader

Michiel Wijnveld

Target group

Advanced MSc students with the ambition to embark on PhD research related to ticks and tick-borne diseases and for PhD students to support their ongoing research on ticks and tick-borne diseases.

Course aim

Each student will have gained knowledge on field survey design, molecular recognition of pathogens transmitted by ticks, interpretation of laboratory results and phylogenetic analysis of tick-borne pathogens.

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 2585: Course + course materials + housing

EUR 2250: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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