Lecture series Human microbiome in health and disease

By Micropia professor Remco Kort and various guest lecturers.

Students and PhD candidates of all Dutch universities can follow this lecture series as part of their curriculum or education as PhD candidate with permission of their study coordinator or promotor. This lecture series is the equivalent of 3EC. In that case participation is free of charge. To receive the credits you must attend all lectures and presentations. The lecture series will be given in English.   


Every human being carries along over a hundred thousand billion microbes, which are minuscule organisms that you need to live. In five lectures, you will be introduced to various microbiota, groups of microbes found in and on your body. You will learn what they are made up of and how they work when you are healthy or indeed when you are sick. This will all be illustrated by scientific research currently being conducted at knowledge institutions and universities. Micropia professor Remco Kort will provide insight into what we know about the microbes in our body and how we can use the knowledge about this minuscule life in diagnosis and prognosis and for interventions. The lectures given by various guest lecturers will teach you how the microbiome is acquired, while other subjects such as the hygiene hypothesis, probiotics, bacteriophages and antimicrobial resistance are also dealt with. 

In the second week of the lecture series students will write an innovative, original and applicable research proposal with the assistance of Prof. Dr. Remco Kort, using their knowledge of the human microbiome. The three best proposals will be nominated for the Microbiome Award and will be presented by the students to the jury in Micropia. The writer of the winning proposal will receive €1000,- that can be spent on realising the research proposal or as a contribution to their education within the subject of microbiology.


  • Monday January 6 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Introduction into the human microbiome -  Prof Remco Kort (Department of Molecular Cell Biology, VU University Amsterdam and ARTIS-Micropia)
The role of glycogen metabolism in the vagina - Dr Rosanne Hertzberger (Department of Molecular Cell Biology, VU University Amsterdam)

  • Thursdag January 9 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Dealing with BIG DATA - Dr Douwe Molenaar (Department of Molecular Cell Biology, VU University Amsterdam)
CRISPR/Cas: Discovery, mechanism and applications - Prof John van der Oost (Bacterial Genetics group in the Laboratory of Microbiology at Wageningen University)

  • Monday January 13 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

The hygiene hypothesis revisited -  Prof. Huub Savelkoul (Department of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University)
Immunological Interactions at the mucosal surface -  Prof. Ger Rijkers (University College Roosevelt, Middelburg)

  • Thursday January 16 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Interventions of the diseased human intestinal microbiome - Prof Ed Kuiper (Department of Medical Microbiology. LUMC, Leiden)
Metabolic activity of the gut microbiota: implications for human health -  Dr Erwin Zoetendal (Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences, Wageningen University)

  • Monday January 20 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Microbes, metabolites and Crohn's disease - Dr Jurgen Seppen (FNWI, University of Amsterdam)
The human microbiome: experience from the lab bench - Prof Remco Kort

  • Thursday January 23 Visit to Micropia 

13.00 - 14.30 am - Presentations Microbiome Award (Blue Star Room ARTIS)

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