Microbiology and Parasitology

The Microbiology and Parasitology team comprises professionals, most of whom are university lecturers, who have achieved a high level of professional excellence and are committed to quality and innovation whilst being at the cutting edge of diagnostic techniques and who are leaders in relevant aspects of  clinical microbiology. If you train in our teaching unit, you will have the chance to work in some of the leading clinical laboratories in the country, both in terms of the number of samples we work with and the latest generation technology we use. 

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Microbiology training itinerary

Contact with the teaching unit

The Microbiology Unit is led by the Microbiology Department with participation from Paediatrics, Intensive Care, Infectious Diseases and Primary Care.

During the Teaching Unit rotation, residents spend time in different areas belonging to different units, such as Urine Cultures, Genital Infections, Blood Cultures, Parasitic Stool Testing, Epidemiology, Mycobacterium, Serology, Food and Environmental Microbiology and  Virology.

In terms of healthcare activities, you will work with both adult and paediatric patients with HIV and infectious diseases, and in different hospital departments, such as Intensive Care Medicine at the General Hospital, or the Paediatric Infectious Diseases Department, in addition to primary care.

We focus on the microbiological aspects of infectious diseases in order to improve patient health. Research in our field is centred around epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance, sexually transmitted diseases, respiratory viruses, viruses and fungal infections in immunodeficient patients, cystic fibrosis, food-borne illnesses, tuberculosis, and international health.

Why specialise at Vall d’Hebron?

  • Because we are part of Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, the leading tertiary hospital in Catalonia.
  • Because besides providing 600,000 hospital care assessments per year, we give microbiology training at the teaching unit of the Autonomous University of Barcelona on the Medicine and Biomedicine degrees, and play an active role in several university Master's programmes.
  • Because we act as a leading laboratory in different areas of microbiology, such as the study of outbreaks of food-borne illnesses in the community within Catalonia (Public Health Department of Catalonia), and since 1994 have been a supranational point of reference for tuberculosis according to the WHO.
  • Because in the field of research, we focus on the study of the microbiology of infectious diseases with the aim of improving patient health. To achieve this aim, our research group carries out projects within the following lines of research:
    • Epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance
    • Sexually transmitted diseases
    • Respiratory viruses
    • Viral and fungal infections in immunodeficient patients
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Food-borne illnesses
    • Tuberculosis
    • International health

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