Infection Biology

Master of Science


The Specialized Master’s degree program in Infection Biology at the University of Basel is run by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). Infection biology focuses on host -pathogen interactions and aims to understand the mechanisms through which viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites colonise their hosts and cause disease. Infection biologists study molecular, cellular, metabolic or immunological aspects of pathogen biology and infection, try to elucidate mechanisms and evolution of drug resistance and immune evasion, or investigate dynamics of transmission and infection in the field. Knowledge gained from studying these and other aspects of infection biology provides the basis for the development of novel diagnostic tools, drugs and vaccines for improved prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.



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Alumni Quotes

Dr. Kobina Ampah

“I loved the institute's multi-cultural, collaborative research environment which helped expand my social and professional networks in many ways!”

Dr. Kobina Ampah
Consultant at World Health Organization

Sarah Kerber

“During my time at Swiss TPH I got to know wonderful people from all over the world who shared the same spirit - it was like a small, close-knit family and I enjoyed going to the institute every day.”

Sarah Kerber
Scientist at Biologics Quality Control