Molecular Epidemiology


At the end of this course unit, students should be able to: 

- Understand how molecular epidemiology can contribute to epidemiological studies.

- Identify the main bioinformatics tools used in molecular epidemiology.

- Identify the most appropriate analysis approaches for concrete problems in molecular epidemiology.

- Apply the knowledge acquired in the analysis of molecular epidemiology data to a particular study.

- Interpret, analyze and critically present published works on molecular epidemiology.

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Responsible teacher

Ana Barroso Abecasis, Sofia Gonçalves Seabra


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Gomez-Verjan, J. C., Rivero-Segura, N. A. (Eds.) (2022). Principles of Genetics and Molecular Epidemiology. Springer Cham. ISBN: 978-3-030-89601-0.

Rothman, N., Hainaut, P., Schulte, P., Smith, M., Boffetta, P., & Perera, F. (Eds.) (2011). Molecular epidemiology: principles and practices. International Agency for Research on Cancer, WHO Press, World Health Organization, 516 pp. ISBN 978-92-832-2163-0.
Schulte, P., Perera, F. P. (Eds.) (2012). Molecular epidemiology: principles and practices. Academic Press. ISBN 13: 9780126323450.

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Subject matter

Basic notions of epidemiology applied to molecular epidemiology. 

Genotyping and identification of biomarkers in bacteria, parasites and viruses.

Epidemiological surveillance, epidemic intelligence and detection of outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases.

Dynamics of transmission of pathogenic agents.

Association between genetic characteristics of pathogenic agents and their transmissibility and pathogenicity.

Spatial analysis and dispersion of pathogens.

Molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance.