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The Institute of Microbiology of the University of Lausanne (IMUL) is an academic center with about 120 collaborators. It is devoted to the laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases, to applied and basic research, and to teaching. The Institute is located on the campus of the University Hospital Center (CHUV) (access map).

Laboratory diagnosis of microbiology
The Institute provides microbiological diagnostics for hospitalized patients as well as for external patients. It serves as a reference center for several intracellular bacteria, and is active in the development of new tests, mainly focusing on MALDI-TOF applications, lab automation, molecular bioliogy, and genomics of medical importance. The diagnostic activity, integrated into the Department of Laboratories of the CHUV, is recognized by Swissmedic (authorization 28411), and is accredited under ISO/CEI 17025 (STS328).  The diagnostic laboratory is also highly active in R+D and applied research (see Research).

Research activities
The Institute hosts several research groups (see Research), their main topics being :

  • Intracellular bacteria (mainly Chlamydia and Chlamydia-related bacteria)
  • Fungi (Candida albicans)
  • Parasites (Pneumocystis)
  • Viruses (arenaviruses, EBV, HCV, HIV, HPV).

The Institute participates also in pre and post graduate teaching to medical and biology students (see Teaching).

International collaborations
The Institute is an active partner in projects funded by the WHO and the European community (see Collaborations).

Latest News
A textbook on antifungals edited by Alix Coste, senior researcher at our Institute of Microbiology, has just been published.
Two new viral hepatitis speciality assays are now available: HEV quantitative RNA and IL28B polymorphism analysis for HCV-infected patients (see collaborations)
A research team of the Institute identified the role of RodZ in the division of Chlamydia (Jacquier et al. Nature Communication, 2014)

Recent publications can be accessed under "Publications".

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Last Update on 18.03.2015 - Publication credits - Legal information