The Laboratory of Medical Microbiology

Welcome to the website of the Lab of Medical Microbiology (LMM). The LMM has a world reputation in studying antibiotic use and resistance, as well as on the development of rapid diagnostic solutions by identifying and tapping the potential of newly emerging technologies for diagnostic applications. 

Read more about our research mission.

Find more information on the LMM team and their work.


Doctoral Grant by the University Research Fund (BOF) in the area of Medical Microbiology

In this project, we intend to study the population biology, evolution, and mechanisms of colistin resistance and heteroresistance evolution in common human pathogens Klebsiella pneumoniae and E. coli, both in vitro and in a mouse model of infection and finally in respiratory samples from patients treated with colistin. These studies will utilize (beyond) state-of-the-art techniques including, but not limited to, flow cytometry, cloning, long-read- and single-cell-sequencing and gene-expression analysis.

More information on this position can be found here.

Luke and Lucy - Auntie Biotica

Luke and Lucy - Auntie Biotica

The Belgian Antibiotic Policy Coordination Committee (BAPCOC), under guidance of Herman Goossens and Samuel Coenen (UAntwerp), developed a comic on correct use of antibiotics as part of its most recent antibiotic awareness campaign.

Next to online and print versions in Dutch and French, an online version of this comic is now also available in English. Please enjoy reading the Luke and Lucy comic ‘Auntie Biotica’ at, and spread the news.



  • The LMM is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy for a Doctoral Grant by the University Research Fund (BOF) in the area of Medical Microbiology
  • Prof Herman Goossens calls up in Nature to communicate more effectively on the benefits on the European Union.
  • Labo Medische Microbiologie (UZA/UAntwerpen) neemt voortouw in onderzoek naar infectiepreventie en antibiotica-resistentiebestrijding bij mens en dier (One Health) in de grensstreek Vlaanderen – Nederland. Meer informatie hier.
  • Kan de "stoelgangpil" je darmflora herstellen? Onder begeleiding van prof. dr. Herman Goossens kwam VRT-journalist Peter Brems een weinig smakelijk maar doeltreffend middel op het spoor om je darmflora een pak sneller terug te herstellen. Bekijk de documentaire.
  • Onderzoekers van LMM konden het oorzakelijk verband aantonen tussen het gebruik van antibiotica en een toegenomen resistentie. Lees het artikel hier.
  • LMM researchers have succeeded in providing proof of the impact of antibiotic use on emergence and persistence of antibiotic resistance. Read the article here.
  • The LMM is coordinating the Global-PPS on Antimicrobial Consumption and Resistance. First preliminary worldwide results were presented at the 5th edition of the World HAI Resistance Forum in June 2015. For more information:
  • LMM as partner of a large EU project to head up global fight against infectious diseases: more


Prof. Dr. Herman Goossens Campus Drie Eiken
S. 6.23
Universiteitsplein 1
2610 Wilrijk
Tel. +32 3 265 2751
Fax +32 3 265 2663