by Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions are essential for life and medicine. This course covers all exam relevant concepts in the field of microbiology.

Prof. Vincent Racaniello will provide you with valuable clinical pearls and mnemonics that will help you not only memorize random facts, but also become a better doctor. Topic reviews and quiz questions will furthermore support your learning process.

The topics covered in the course include:

  • Definition and types of microbes
  • Components of bacterial cells
  • Good and bad viruses
  • Reproduction and function of yeasts
  • Definition of prions
  • Bacterial diseases like staphylococcus and streptococcus
  • Fungal diseases and their treatments
  • Life cycles of parasites like malaria or worms
  • Detection and treatment of Mad Cow Disease and other prion diseases

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Course Details

  • Videos 26
  • Duration 1:48 h
  • Quiz questions 74
  • Articles 4


Your Educators of course Bacteria

 Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Vincent Racaniello is a Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University in New York. As an internationally renowned virologist, he has published many influential papers in the field, and co-authored the well-known textbook Principles of Animal Virology. He has received several awards, including the Irma T. Hirschl, Searle Scholars, Eli Lilly, and NIH Merit. Professor Racaniello firmly believes in the power of the internet as a scientific tool, and works on several platforms to share his vast knowledge in virology.

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Not Enough about Staph (Missed S. Saprophyticus and S. Epidermidis)
By Derwin P. on 18. April 2019 for Introduction Staphylococci

This set of lectures on Staph were very generalized and did not cover the other Staph bacteria commonly seen on STEP 1 (i.e. saprophyticus and epidermidis). This seems to be a common theme of not going deep enough to cover material necessary for STEP, yet advertising that you all cover enough material for STEP 1.

Absolutely insufficient for USMLE
By Kyle S. on 10. April 2019 for Bacteria

The material taught seemed to comprise of only 10% of what we need to know for USMLE. Various bacteria ranging from gram positive cocci all the way to mycobacteria were all missing. And even with the bacteria taught ( streptococci, staphyloccci , vibrio , e.coli , shigella, salmonella) lacked a tremendous amount of depth. Very disappointing that I paid for this. Hoping virology lectures will be better.

the best one so far
By Mohamed A. on 21. March 2019 for Bacteria

it's very clear course with direct points and simple explanations.Also the notes and slides are well done.

Well presented, but incomplete material
By Elizabeth N. on 12. March 2019 for Bacteria

Mr Racaniello presents all of the material very well and I believe that he is an excellent lecturer. However, there are many important types of bacteria missing from this course. Pseudomonas, Treponema Pallidum, zoonoses, Clostridium, Tetanus, Helicobacter Pylori, Neisseria, Bordetella, etc. USMLEs step 1 go into great detail regarding many of these bacteria that were omitted from this course.