Clinical Microbiology

5 ECTS / Semester / English

Objectives and competences

This course aims to highlight the role of major groups of microorganisms responsible for the infection as well as to inform effective diagnostic methodologies for each specimen and agent and their treatment before different resistance profiles.
In the end it is intended that students : i ) know the basics of clinical microbiology , (ii) associate generally microorganisms to human pathology; iii ) know the main characteristics of each microorganism, its role in infection, establish diagnosis and effective treatment iii ) dominate the functioning and organization of a clinical laboratory and implementation of quality control, iv ) dominate the various laboratory diagnostic methods developing skills in practical aspects of identifying agents from different medical specimens.
Finally, it is expected to develop skills in the application of that knowledge to Biomedical Sciences.


Teaching Methodologies

The different topics of the Syllabus are covered in a weekly lecture lasting 1 h (presentations with illustrative images, examples and case studies related with contents), a biweekly tutorial lesson (where the rules of sampling and quality control in a laboratory are explained and demonstrated with examples of good and bad practices) a weekly practical session lasting 2 h (with work where students will apply knowledge in the real clinical products using advanced diagnostic methodologies).



During the teaching of practice, tutorials and theoretical classes will be presented to students syllabus that will focus primarily on the study of the major groups of bacterial agents responsible for human infection, addressing the following points: (i) morphological and cultural characteristics (ii) virulence factors and specific invasion mechanisms, (iii) signs and symptoms triggered in the host, (iii) association of each group of microorganisms present as pathogenic in each clinical product and clinical diagnosis and (iv) treatment and prevention. The main bacterial groups covered include: Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonadaceae, Francisella /Pasteurella, Legionella / Brucella, Vibrionaceae, Campylobacter / Helycobater, Neisseria, Haemophilus, Bordetella, Gram positive non-spore forming Bacillus, Anaerobic bacteria, Mycobacteria, Spirochetes, Mycoplasms and Chlamydiae.


Associate Professor
B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto (1991) and Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP) in…
PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2017 by University of Minho and BSc degree in Análises Clínicas e Saúde Pública in 2010 by Escola Superior de…
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