2023-2024 / MICR1713-1

Extremophile microorganisms


10h 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 


Moreno Galleni, Annick Wilmotte


Moreno Galleni

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 objectives of this course are to tackle the following questions: which are the actual physico-chemical limits of Life on Earth? Which is the phylogenetic and metabolic diversity of the organisms living in extreme conditions? Which mechanisms have they invented to accomplish their life cycle in these conditions? The adaptations of organisms to extreme conditions (pH, temperature, pressure, osmotic pressure) will be analysed. The phylogenetic analyses allow to localize the extremophilic organisms in the three branches of the Tree of Life, and we will examine their diversity in the global context of the rise and evolution of Life in our solar system. The molecular methods to discover the diversity of the microorganisms in natural communities will be presented. Moreover, for evolution and diversity, it is necessary that new mechanisms allow for genetic 'novelty' and adaptations. The different types of mechanisms will be presented, from mutations to lateral gene transfer. Then, 2 particular groups of microorganisms will be presented in more details (Deinococci et Archébactéries).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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

Blended learning

Additional information:

Blend learning


Additional informations:

This course concerns only students who attended during the academic year 2022-20233 but did not pass the exam. For the academic year 2023-2024, there will be no face-to-face lectures. Slides adn notes are available on eCampus. Questions/answers can be organized on the request of the students.

Recommended or required readings

Copy of the Powerpoint presentations and transparencies

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

Presentation of papers

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Course given in collaboration with Prof. Moreno Galleni, Dr Annick Wilmotte and Dr Georges Feller.


Dr Moreno Galleni  - Centre for Protein Engineering B6
Tel 32 4 366 3549 - mgalleni@uliege.be

Dr Wilmotte Annick - InBios-B6a

Tel 04/3663856 - awilmotte@uliege.be 


Dr Feller Georges - CIP- B6a

Tel 04/3663346 - gfeller@uliege.be

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