Organisation profile

The Unit of Diagnostic Bacteriology was launched in November 2014 within the Department of Biomedical Sciences. This unit implements genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics and proteomics to discover novel approaches for improved diagnosis of bacterial bloodstream infections and to investigate virulence, transmission and antibiotic resistance. 

Biomarkers and approaches will be translated into innovative diagnostic tests together with industrial partners. The developed ‘omics’ platforms will also be used to unravel antibiotics resistance mechanisms in bacteria and to track bacteria in human, animal and environmental samples to understand disease transmission. Next to fundamental research there will be a strong emphasis on translational research in the development, validation and implementation of new diagnostics for bacterial infections in the tropics. The unit will build strong collaborations with the Departments of Clinical Sciences and Public Health at ITM, and with international research partners and industry.

The unit is led by Prof Stijn Deborggraeve.

Contact information

Nationalestraat 155
  • Phone: +32 32476596

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