Fiches de cours

Microbial diversity


Lecturer(s) :

Bernier-Latmani Rizlan
Holliger Christof
Keel Christoph
van der Meer Jan Roelof




Every 2 years


Every two years / Next time: Fall 2019


Microbes are ubiquitous in the environment and in animal hosts but their activity and role are often not well known. This course presents the latest scientific insights into microbial phylogenetic and functional diversity and its impact on natural and engineered environments and on eukaryotic hosts.


All such questions will be discussed and studied in this tutorial on the basis of the most recent literature, with a strong focus on specific molecular methods to unravel complex microbial communities. We will likely chose four different microbial ecosystems: human microbiome (mostly intestinal tract), insect gut, wastewater treatment plant and anaerobic digesters or the deep ocean. The course will be structured as a meeting in which each student and the instructor will be prepared to discuss the same publication for 2 hours.


microbial diversity, functional diversity, metabolic diversity, microbial ecology, DNA-based methods, RNA-based methods,

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses


In the programs

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German