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:

News from IBA

2022-06-27 14:34:19 hadchris


Oct 10-13: IBA course on Vaccinology (UiB) 

Nov 7-11: Course on Molecular Mechanisms of Inflammation (NTNU)

Nov 14-15: IBA course on Pathogenic Immune Evasion Strategies (NTNU)

Nov 14-18: NDPIA course on Microbiota and Health (Sweden)

Nov 30 – Des 2: Advanced course on Scientific Illustrations (Online)                           

Des 12 -16: Scientific writing with Mathew Stiller Reeve PART 2 (Online)

Registration is OPEN for the IBA annual meeting in Oslo (October 27-28). Click here for more information!


The IBA graduate school runs into its last year in 2023

If you are planning to apply for a travel grant, please be aware that you need to complete your travel before November 2023 latest (so your travel claim can be processed in time)

NB! We have utilized all budgeted funding for travel grants in 2022. There are still openings available for activity in 2023. Read more and apply here.


June 30th is Tina´s last day as a IBA coordinator. She would like to thank all members and collaborators for three fantastic years with the research school!

Chris Hadjineophytou will be the IBA contact person until September 2022 after which we hope to have a new coordinator in place!

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The second IBA Principles in Infection Biology course finished last week!

2022-06-07 12:51:32 tinasv

This year`s Principle of Infection Biology course was arranged in Tromsø at UiT The Arctic University of Norway from May 30 to June 3, 2022.

The course provided lectures on basic concepts of infection biology spanning the disciplines of host-parasite interaction and infections caused by bacteria, eukaryotic microbes and viruses. Lecturers included researchers of renown from the University of Virginia, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, the University of Helsinki and many more (full schedule can be accessed here).

During the 5-day course the 22 students from IBA and the Swedish National Doctoral Programme in Infection and Antibiotics research school (NDPIA) presented their projects through poster presentations.

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STUDENT REPORT from the EMBL-EBI course ‘Introduction to RNA-seq and functional interpretation’

2022-04-22 11:27:19 tinasv

April 2022. Author: Ataur Rahman

My PhD project aims to establish a novel basic knowledge of antimicrobial and antibiofilm compounds from rich marine sources in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. This project applies a dual approach using marine bacteria for bioactive secondary metabolites and synthesized marine natural product mimics. Our aim is to find and evaluate exciting candidate molecules and document their potential for future drug development.

The discovery and characterization of such compounds may have the potential for clinical or industrial use. The work in this project involves a broad spectrum of experimental activities, from multi-omics to animal infection studies, and requires a good understanding of data analysis. I plan to conduct an RNA-seq experiment on bacterial biofilm, with and without novel antibiofilm compounds present, to determine the mechanism(s) of antibiofilm activity by observing the up- and down-regulation of genes. However, I did not have enough knowledge about the RNA-seq and how the RNA-seq data could be analyzed. When I saw that EMBL-EBI is offering a course on RNA-seq and IBA is funding the course, I applied and was lucky to get the funding for this course.

Picture 1: Participants in the course

It was a five-day course starting from 21st  February to 25th February this year. I was a bit anxious, as I did not have that much programming knowledge. The course was well designed with theoretical and practical sessions and was delivered by expert scientists from different parts of the world. The course participants were also from different countries. Although the course was held online, it was nice to meet new researchers who are also interested in learning about RNA-seq.

Picture 2: Busy with solving exercise

Previously, I planned to take service for the RNA-seq data analysis. However, now I am more confident in doing some coding and knowing different programs that I can use to analyze the RNA-seq data from my experiment. The author is grateful to IBA for funding, which helped to learn new techniques and meet knowledgeable scientists and future colleagues in RNA-seq. This course will help me assist with the functional analysis and interpretation of transcriptomic data that I plan to do in my PhD.

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NDPIA course: Mosquito-borne pathogens and their vectors 

2022-03-18 13:32:47 tinasv

The National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics (NDPIA) in Sweden invites IBA PhD and postdoc members to the PhD-level course on Mosquito-borne pathogens and their vectors 

When: 7 – 10 June, 2022
Where: Minor Groove, Umeå University, Sweden

Click here to see the preliminary programme

The aim of this NDPIA course is to provide an in depth understanding of pathogen-vector interaction and transmission dynamics of mosquito-borne pathogen. It will provide better understanding of mosquitoes as vectors of arboviruses and parasites most of which are zoonotic in nature and affect both humans and animals.
The course will include various aspects of the mosquito vector including; ecology, biology, population genetics, competence, capacity and how these factors influence transmission to the susceptible host. The course will also cover vector surveillance, identification, diagnostics, prevention and control, as well as application of high-throughput sequencing platforms in virus discovery.

Suggested ECTS:
1.5 ECTS. This must be discussed with your University. You will receive a certificate stating the suggested ECTS, your attendance and the workload.

Register by April 30th!

IBA will cover travel (up to 3500 NOK) and accommodation for IBA PhD, research track and postdoc members according to our guidelines.

The course size is limited to 20 students and NDPIA students have first priority. Your place in the course is not confirmed until you get a confirmation from us.

Read more and register on the NDPIA homepage.

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Course: Creating Scientific Illustrations in Tromsø

2022-02-28 09:51:32 tinasv

April 25th – April 29th

Image: Colourbox

The course will cover:

  • Principles of design and visual communication
  • How to apply these principles to illustration and graphic design, which in turn will inform all visual material you might want to create, including; graphical abstracts, presentation slides, poster presentations, journal articles, graphs, data visualization, project logos, and outreach material.
  • Best practices for poster and slide presentation design
  • Step by step method on how to draw your own research
  • Introduction to sketching by hand
  • Crash course in digital illustration with Adobe Illustrator or Gravit

By the end of the course, you will have practiced the theory and methods discussed in class by creating an illustration of your own research. Taking your ideas from conceptualization to final digital artwork.

Lecturer. Pina Kingman is a biomedical illustrator and animator. She holds a BSc in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Biomedical Communication from the University of Toronto.

Open for. All IBA members. Travel and accommodation will be funded for IBA PhD/research track students and postdocs only.

Deadline for application:
March 21st

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