2023-2024 / BIOL0013-1

Development of microorganisms


15h Th, 5h Mon. WS

Number of credits

 Master in bio-informatics and modelling (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Sébastien Rigali

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course will be focused on physiological and morphological differentiations in microorganisms (virulence, antibiotic production, sporulation, programmed cell death,...). The selected examples will be discussed in the context of the microorganism's ecological niche and molecular mechanisms will be detailed. Phenomenon related to bacterial dormancy, onset of pathogenicity, and secondary metabolite production will be presented, amongst many others.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objective of the course is to present unknown remarkable facets of mircoorganisms, in particular those of bacteria which have provided us with molecules used today in human and animal therapy, as well as in agro-industry.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Optimal understanding of the course requires a number of prerequisites. The students must have integrated the basic notions addressed in the courses of Molecular biology of the gene, Microbiology, Genomics and Biochemistry and physiology of microorganisms.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

written work

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

The theoretical knowledge given ex cathaedra serves to illustrate and contextualize the theme of the course.
Students will not be questioned on this subject. The evaluation will be based on their participation in practical course and on the final report (provided as scientific publication format) describing the results of the exercise submitted to the students.    

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


srigali@uliege.be +32 4 366 33 77

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