Medical Microbiology

The human body is full of micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. These can be very useful but also harmful. They also can play a role in various infectious diseases. Medical Microbiology focuses on the role of harmful (pathogenic) micro-organisms in the human body.

Infection Risk
The Department of Medical Microbiology has a wide scope. The department contains bacteriology, virology and parasitology. Hospital hygiene is also an important focus of the department. The hospitalhygiƫnist focus on the prevention and control of infection in the hospital, both patients and staff.They also monitor the risk of infection in the hospital.

The department has eight subsections:

  • Laboratory of Clinical Bacteriology (LKB)
  • Laboratory of Clinical Virology (LKV)
  • Laboratory of Clinical Parasitology
  • Laboratory of Experimental Bacteriology
  • Laboratory of Experimental Virology (LEV)
  • Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention (Zhi)
  • Medical Microbiology Molecular Diagnostics Unit (MDU)
  • Dutch Reference Laboratory for Bacterial Meningitis (RLBM)

The department employs over 160 people in various functions such as technicians (both for patients and for research), administrative staff, researchers, molecular biologists, doctors, microbiologist, physician assistants and PhD students.

Medical Microbiology pays much attention to education and is closely involved in various education programs. The department also provides lectures and practica on various topics related to infectious diseases in study Medicine, Biomedical Science and Medical Informatics.

Medical Microbiology is involved in research in the broadest sense. In the various laboratories are ongoing investigations in various fields of virology, bacteriology and parasitology. These are both basic and clinical research. We use old fashioned but also various modern techniques (DNA or RNA techniques).

Overview of the department (in dutch)



Visiting address
Location L1-114
Meibergdreef 9
1105 AZ Amsterdam
the Netherlands

Postal address
Academic Medical Center
Department of Medical Microbiology
Postbus 22660
1100 DD Amsterdam
the Netherlands

Tel.: +31(0)20-566 4852