About us

Welcome to the Department of Medical Microbiology

Activities of the Department of Medical Microbiology include studies on the acquisition of the necessary knowledge, inspiring researches and laboratory practice in the field of Microbiology and Immunology. We pay a particular attention on development and application of modern methods and techniques used for innovative medicine by analising mechanisms and interactions between different microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, funges, protozoas) and a human body. Effectivity of our studies is shown by publication in medical and journals and by participation in scientific projects, congresses and meetings.

Projects performed by our team are:

  • Monitoring mechanisms of antibiotic resistance of bacterial strains isolated from different clinical materials

  • Role of urogenital mycoplasmas in human infectious diseases

  • Ethiopathogenesis and diagnostic of infections in:

    -  Urogenital system

    -  Gastrointestinal tract

  • Evaluation of selected immune markers in patients working with low level ionizing radiation

We aimed to include new microbiologic methods and techniques in rapid diagnostic of etiological agents (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) of infectious diseases.

We are also interested in collaboration with different Depatments in Poland and other countries in order to more effectivelly diagnose infectious diseases for improving human health.

Collaboration withscientific centres in Poland and abroad:

Department of Histology and Embryology, Medical University of Warsaw, Starynkiewicza 1/3, 02-015 Warsaw, Poland

Göteborg University, Sahlgrenska Academy, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, 405 30 Göteborg

Department of Internal Medicine, Divisin of Infectious and Immunologic Diseases University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, USA

Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Erasmus Medical Center, Dr Molewaterplein 40, 3015 GD Rotterdam

History of our Department

Our Department was founded in 1982 by dividing into 2 parts of Department of Microbiology and Immunology in Zabrze-Rokitnica.

Heads of Department 1949-2013:


Our recent publications:

Razim A, Pacyga K, Aptekorz M, Martirosian G, Szuba A, Pawlak-Adamska E, Brzychczy-Włoch M, Myc A, Gamian A, Górska S. Epitopes identified in GAPDH from Clostridium difficile recognized as common antigens with potential autoimmunizing properties. Sci Rep. 2018; 17;8(1):13946. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-32193-9.

Góra B, Gofron Z, Grosiak M, Aptekorz M, Kazek B, Kocełak P, Radosz-Komoniewska H, Chudek J, Martirosian G. Toxin profile of fecal Clostridium perfringens strains isolated from children with autism spectrum disorders. Anaerobe. 2018, 1-18. doi: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2018.03.005. 

Różańska A, Pac A, Romanik M, Bulanda M, Wójkowska-Mach J. Outpatient post-partum antibiotic prescription: method of identification of infection control areas demanding improvements and verification of sensitivity of infection registration. Antimicrob Chemother. 2018; 73(1): 240-245. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkx369.

Bereza PL, Ekiel A, Auguściak-Duma A, Aptekorz M, Wilk I, Wojciechowski P, Kusz DJ, Martirosian G. Identification of Asymptomatic Prosthetic Joint Infection: Microbiologic and Operative Treatment Outcomes. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2017; 18(5):582-587. doi: 10.1089/sur.2016.253.

Aptekorz M, Szczegielniak A, Wiechuła B, Harmanus C, Kuijper E, Martirosian G. Occurrence of Clostridium difficile ribotype 027 in hospitals of Silesia, Poland. Anaerobe. 2017; 45:106-113. doi: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2017.02.002. 

Bereza P, Ekiel A, Auguściak-Duma A, Aptekorz M, Wilk I, Kusz D, Wojciechowski P, Sieroń AL, Martirosian G. Comparison of cultures and 16S rRNA sequencing for identification of bacteria in two-stage revision arthroplasties: preliminary report. BMC Musculoskel Dis. 2016; 17(1):1-10. doi: 10.1186/s12891-016-0991-1.


Lectures, seminars and laboratory classes for graduate students of:

Medical Faculty English Division:

Microbiology and virology


Lectures, seminars and laboratory classes for postgraduate students:

  • for physicians of different specialities

  • for microbiologists

  • for epidemiologists (hospital infections) and others


  • „Epidemiology of infections in Poland”.
  • „Epidemiology of nosocomial infections, the role of the microbiology laboratory in the detection and monitoring of hospital-acquired infections”.

  • „The etiology, clinical presentation and diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections”.

  • „The etiology, clinical presentation and diagnosis of gastrointestinal infections and food poisoning”.

  • „The etiology, clinical presentation and diagnosis of viral infections”.

  • „The etiology, clinical presentation and diagnosis of infections caused by anaerobic bacteria”.

  • „Molecular biology methods in the diagnosis of microbial”.

  • „Microbial resistance to antibiotics: theoretical, laboratory methods for the determination of the susceptibility to antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents, detecting resistance mechanisms”.

  • „Serologic diagnosis of selected bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections”.

  • „Sterilisation, disinfection and disinfestation and control methods of these processes”.

  • „The principles of organization and operation of microbiological laboratories, and building and implementation of quality systems work”.