Netherlands, Utrecht

Molecular Recognition of Tick-Borne Pathogens

when 30 July 2012 - 10 August 2012
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1995

Ticks and tick-borne diseases affect animal and human health worldwide. Tick identification 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 programme includes a field trip to collect ticks, training how to design field surveys and highlighted by several international guest lectures.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Frans Jongejan

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 tick taxonomy, 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 1995: Course + course materials + housing


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

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