University of Gothenburg
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Department of Infectious Diseases

Research and teaching on basic and clinical microbiology, infection and inflammation are conducted at the Department of Infectious Diseases.

The Department of Infectious Diseases covers clinical microbiology and infection. We conduct research in both basic and clinical microbiology, which includes everything from pathogenic viruses, fungi and bacteria to the commensal microbiota, as well as immunology and cancer research. Research on infectious diseases includes HIV, hepatitis, endocarditis and pneumonia. We work closely with the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, both the Infection Clinic and Clinical Microbiology, which is the laboratory that handles the microbiological diagnostics in the medical field.

The department hosts CARe - the center for research on antibiotic resistance - which conducts research on how antibiotic resistance arises and is selected.

CCUG, the Culture Collection of the University of Gothenburg, is a bacterial strain collection and a European center for bacterial typing and species determination. Many new bacterial species see the light of day at CCUG, which belongs to the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, but where many researchers are affiliated with the Department of Infectious Diseases.

The department conducts a very active teaching in many different educational programs: medical, nursing, pharmacist and biomedical technician, to name a few. We also teach food-related microbiology on the Diet and Health program. A Nordic Master's program in Medical Microbiology with a focus on infection control and hygiene is conducted at the department.


Research groups at the department

Ingegerd Adlerberth

Johan Bengtsson-Palme
Interactions in the microbiome

Tomas Bergström

Carl-Fredrik Flach
The role of wastewater environments for development and surveillance of antibiotic resistance

Vanda Friman

Magnus Gisslén

Anna Grahn
Neurological complications caused by varicella-zostervirus and enterovirus

Kristoffer Hellstrand
Cell-mediated immunity in leukemia

Gunnar Jacobsson
Clostridioides Difficile

Michael Kann
Intracellular transport of viral structures

Roger  Karlsson
Direct identification of disease-causing microorganisms in clinical samples using genomics and proteomics

Martin Lagging
Translational research on Tick-borne Encephalitis (TBE) and other flavivirus infections

Joakim Larsson
Environmental dimension of antibiotic resistance

Jan-Åke Liljeqvist
Development of a vaccine against herpes simplex virus 2 infection

Magnus Lindh

Inger Mattsby-Baltzer
Antimicrobial peptides and proteins in humans

Edward Moore
Studies on microbial diversity: characterisation, classification and identification of clinically-relevant microorganisms

Peter Norberg
Viral evolution and genetics

Helene Norder

Lars Olaison

Susann Skovbjerg 
Pneumococci and related infections globally and in Sweden

Marie Studahl
Viral infections of the central nervous system

Ka-Wei Tang
Epstein-Barr virus - mutational landscapes and viral gene expression

Rune Wejstål
Antiviral treatment of chronic hepatitis C and the effect on quality of life, cognitive function and cerebrospinal fluid markers of neuronal injury and inflammation.

Christine Wennerås
The Neoehrlichia Eosinophil (NEOs) Project

Johan Westin

Agnes Wold

Christina Åhrén
Improved therapeutical guidelines and surveillance of multi-resistant gut bacteria with ESBL