The doctoral programme

The Swedish Research Council (VR) is funding this National Doctoral Programme in Infection and Antibiotics (NDPIA) until 2020. NDPIA is coordinated by MIMS (Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden, Umeå University) and connects the research environments of infectious disease and infection biology throughout the country via the Swedish National Network for Infection biology.

The aim of the programme is to strengthen the national recruitment base and quality for promoting research on infectious diseases and other risks to health. A particularly important objective is to strengthen domestic and international networking in the subject area. PhD students and postdocs registered at Swedish universities and at international partners are welcome to participate in NDPIA.

The programme includes courses and workshops focused on basic and clinical research as well as on different technical aspects. Also annual network meetings are organized. The programme supports participation in these activities by co-funding of travel and accommodation costs. No mandatory activities are included.

Link to programme information flyer.

Examples of topics for courses and workshops:

  • Molecular mechanisms in microbial (bacteria, virus, fungi, or
    parasites) infections
  • Development of new antimicrobial agents
  • New, effective diagnostic methods
  • Mechanisms of resistance development
  • Nosocomial infections
  • Vaccines and other measures to prevent the spread of infection
  • Metabolism of antibiotics in humans and animals
  • Health economics, and the impact of antibiotics reaching the
    natural environment
  • Imaging, advanced microscopy
  • Chemical biology, assay development for drug screening
  • Infection metabolomics