Institute for Medical Microbiology (IMM)
The tasks of the Institute of Medical Microbiology (IMM) at the University of Zurich include teaching, research and laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases. The IMM sees itself as an internationally competitive center of cutting-edge microbiological research, embedded in an efficient, modern service organization.
The strategic focus of the IMM is on mechanisms of antibiotic action and resistance, diagnostic microbiology and antibiotic drug development.
Courses at the IMM are aimed at students of medicine, dentistry and biology at the University of Zurich as well as at students of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).
Diagnostic services include bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, infectious serology and genome sequencing and are accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Service SAS under accreditation number 266 (ISO 17025).
The Institute is home to the National Reference Center for Mycobacteria and is responsible for performing external quality control for medical microbiology laboratories in Switzerland and neighboring countries.