Caenorhabditis elegans screening assay in microbiology

Scope of the method

The Method relates to
  • Human health
The Method is situated in
  • Basic Research
  • Education and training
  • Translational - Applied Research
Type of method
  • In vivo
Used species
Caenorhabditis elegans


Method keywords
  • microbiology
  • infection
  • antibiotics
  • virulence
  • biofilm
Scientific area keywords
  • microbiology
  • antibiotics
  • infection
  • screening
  • virulence
  • biofilm
Method description

The C. elegans assay can be used to study the virulence of various microorganisms, and can be used to evaluate the antimicrobial effect of drugs or drug candidates. The two main outcome parameters are (i) survival of C. elegans and (ii) microbial load.

Lab equipment

Basic microbiology lab equipment.

Method status
  • Published in peer reviewed journal

References, associated documents and other information

Contact person

Tom Coenye


Ghent University (UGent)
Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Flemish Region