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.

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.


  • A critical eye on European clinical research response during COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
  • Today we launch VERDI, a project that prioritizes women and children in the research on new coronavirus variants. Read more
  • ​ECRAID website has been launched! ECRAID is a European-wide initiative that aims to establish a self-sustaining clinical research organisation and network for infectious diseases. 
  • Rapid evolution and host immunity drive the rise and fall of antibiotic resistance during acute infection. Read More
  • LMM researchers identified biomarkers predictive of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI). Read more.
  • LMM is involved in the new EU-funded AmReSu project on strengthening antimicrobial resistance surveillance in Croatia and Hungary. Read more.
  • Herman Goossens, Coordinator of LMM, is one of the most-cited scientists around the world. Read more.​
  • The University of Antwerp has launched Rapid European COVID-19 Emergency Research response (RECOVER).  
  • The EU project PREPARE is responding to COVID-19 by rapidly assessing Europe’s preparedness and deploying vital clinical research. Read the full article
  • Check the leaflet on the ESCMID Technical Workshops "Colistin: Resistance mechanisms, susceptibility testing methods and PK/PD approaches" (5-7 July 2021, Antwerp, Belgium) 
  • Check the first edition of the LAB-Net Newsletter here
  • VALUE-Dx new website is live! 
  • Prof Herman Goossens calls up in Nature to communicate more effectively on the benefits on the European Union. 
  • 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: