Welcome to IBA!

The National Graduate School in Infection Biology and Antimicrobials (or IBA) is a research school (forskerskole) funded by the Research Council of Norway, coordinated at the University of Oslo. Both PhD students and postdocs registered at Norwegian universities are welcome to apply for membership in IBA. Our program funds courses and workshops and research stays abroad/in Norway, has annual networking meetings, and we support participation in these activities by co-funding of travel and accommodation costs.

Latest news:

IBA congratulates the 2020 best poster and oral presentation award winners

2020-11-03 11:30:14 tinasv

More than 25 IBA members presented their research via poster and/or oral presentation on this year´s annual meeting.

Of these, Ragnhild Sætra and Joel Heim took home the prize for best poster and oral presentation, respectively.


Poster Award Winner: Mechanisms in human macrophages infected with Mycobacterium Tuberculosis” presented by Ragnhild Sætra from NTNU

Oral Presentation Award Winner: “Bacterial survival in highly acidic environments – study of structure-function relationship of urea channels” presented by Joel Heim from UiO.

Ragnhild Sætra won the prize for the best poster on the IBA annual meeting 2020. Title: Mechanisms in human macrophages infected with Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

Joel Heim won the prize for the best presentation on the IBA annual meeting 2020. Title: Bacterial survival in highly acidic environments – study of structure-function relationship of urea channels.
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Microbiota and Health course

2020-10-23 12:05:46 tinasv

Through our sister organisation in Sweden, NDPIA, we are happy to offer a four-day online course on Microbiota and Health from 30th Nov – 3rd Dec for IBA members.

Extended deadline for registration : November 9th

You can find more details on our course page.

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The annual meeting goes digital!

2020-09-24 09:46:54 tinasv

This year´s Annual IBA meeting on the 26-27th October goes virtual and all members are welcome!

We can´t meet in person this year, but we will be meeting for local get-together dinners in Oslo, Trondheim, Tromsø and Bergen.

Illustrasjonsfoto: Colourbox.no. The Trondheim committee has planned an exciting online program.

The committee in Trondheim has come up with an exciting program of plenary speakers.

Marc Dionne, Imperial College London. He has extensive experience in the use of the fruit-fly Drosophila melanogasteras a model organism studying how host genotype affects the biology of bacterial infection. In this session we will also have presentations on other animal models, including Zebrafish and mouse, and a panel discussion about animal models.

Dr Fatima AlZaharaa Alatraktchi. She was awarded the PhD thesis of the year award at Denmark Technical University in 2018 for her thesis ‘Micro- and nano-sensors for early diagnosis of bacterial infections’. Forbes business magazine has listed her as one of the 30 most influential people under 30 in Europe within science and health 2019.

Mona Johannessen is professor at Department of medical biology at the UIT Arctic University of Norway. Her research interests are on the interaction between host and microbe, and how microorganisms manage to escape human immune defenses. She has also an interest in extracellular vesicles. She will give a talk on host-pathogen interactions.

IBA PhD students, postdocs and research medical students will also be presenting their research.

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2020-07-16 12:03:23 tinasvingerud

The yearly social summer meet up in Oslo was this year held in the Botanical Gardens at the 3rd of July.

Prof. Hugo De Boer started the event with an inspiring seminar on the Impostor Syndrome, and we followed up by pizza and drinks.

Hugo de Boer on the imposter syndrome

Although the cold weather sadly sent us indoors, we had fun getting to know each other through great discussion and conversations!

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Summer seminar - Trondheim

2020-07-03 10:18:43 tinasv

17th of June 2020 the local IBA committee in Trondheim arranged a meeting informing about the IBA National Graduate School and its upcoming activities, and held a session on how to turn PhD degrees into meaningful careers. For the latter, Dr. Christopher Cornthwaite gave an inspiring online talk on the importance of owning your own career path and how to get the most out of your degree.

Photo: Christopher Cornthwaite.

Chris is a PhD in religious studies and founder of the career-building Roostervane community for advanced-degree holders. 

20 people participated and pizza was served!

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