The Microbiology group participates in several courses at the bachelor and master level.

Our goals :

  • To teach students the important concepts of bacteria and fungi at the molecular and cellular level.
  • To teach students the important concepts of the interaction of bacteria and fungi with their host or their abiotic environment.
  • To  introduce students to the field of biotechnology, the use of biological knowledge for practical applications.
  • To provide students with the experimental skills to work according to safe microbiological techniques (veilige microbiologische technieken).
  • To teach students the techniques required for studying processes in bacteria and fungi at the cellular and molecular level as well as their interaction with their biotic and abiotic environment.

Overview of the courses:

Bachelor level


  • Evolution and diversity, level  1 (Margot Koster)
  • Biotechnology and society, level 1 (coordinator  Margot Koster, Robin Ohm)
  • Microbial interactions, level 2  (Margot Koster)
  • Molecular Genetic Research techniques, level 2 (Luis Lugones)
  • Eukaryotic Microbiology, level 3 (coordinator Luis Lugones, Han Wösten)

Biomolecular Life sciences

  • Functional Biology, level 1 (Robin Ohm)

Biomedical Sciences

  • Cells  (Hans de Cock)

University College Utrecht

  • Lab course Microbiology, level 2 (Margot Koster)
  • Advanced Biotechnology, level 3 (Coordinator Margot Koster)

Master level

The Microbiology group is involved in de master programmes, Environmental Biology and Molecular and Cellular Life sciences.


  • Biotechnology (coordinator Margot Koster)
  • Introduction into fungal Biology (coordinator Han Wösten)
  • Molecular Fungal Biology (coordinator Luis Lugones)

Thesis , research projects & internships

Bsc and Msc Students are invited to write a thesis or to do a research project or internship within in our group. Research is embedded in the University strategic themes Life Sciences and Sustainability and the Focus area Future Food. A list of available topics and corresponding contact persons are shown below.