June 04 - 06, 2019 | CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal


Viruses are ubiquitous on Earth: they infect all cellular forms, from prokaryotes to eukaryotes. They are important agents of animal and human diseases (e.g. HIV, FIV, Zika, Avian Influenza, RHDV, etc). Therefore, development of tools for viruses prevention, detection and treatment, requires the understanding of their nature, replication and infection process.

In this course we will provide the basics of virology principles, embedded in the evolutionary theories that have been proposed to explain the different evolutionary patterns observed in viruses. Additionally, we will approach the host-pathogen interactions by providing tools to study both the virus and the host.




10:00-13:00 -  A brief overview of viruses (importance, classification, structure, attachment to and entry into cells, replication, etc)
14:00-17:00 -  Outcomes of infection for the host (innate and adaptive immunity)


Day 2:
10:00-13:00 - Origins and mechanisms of virus evolution
14:00-17:00 - Practical exercises


Day 3:
10:00-13:00 - Molecular epidemiology, phylogeography, and emergence of viruses
14:00-17:00 - Practical exercises


Joana Abrantes - CIBIO-InBIO | IMED
Ana M. Lopes - CIBIO-InBIO | IMED


The course will be open to a maximum number of 25 participants.


75% of available student slots are reserved for BIODIV students. Priority will be given to:
• 1st year and other PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Program;
• PhD students attending other courses;
• Other post-graduate students and researchers.


Registration deadline: April 05, 2019


To apply, please fill the form available HERE.


Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students | 65 € (students) | 125 € (other participants). CIBIO-InBIO members will have an additional discount of 20%. All applicants will be notified about whether they are accepted until April 16, 2019.


Please note that new rules apply for all BIODIV students.