Microbiology: Basics
Microbiology: Basics

Microbiology: Basics

by Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Gain a basic understanding of microbiology!

This course offers you an essential overview of microbes and the diseases they cause. Students with or without a professional background in medicine will receive an introduction to the medical application of microbiology. Tutor and award-winning virologist Prof. Vincent Racaniello comprehensively discusses the structure and behavior of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and prions—the small creatures which outnumber all other living beings on earth.

Upon completion of this basic course you will…

• …be able to define microbes and differentiate between them
• …understand the components of bacterial cells
• …distinguish between good and bad viruses
• …comprehend the reproduction and function of yeasts
• …define prions and the diseases they cause

You will thus be introduced to the basic concepts in microbiology, and be able to understand expert discussions about it. 

Course Details

  • Videos 6
  • Duration 2:53 h
  • Quiz questions 15
  • Topic reviews 3


Your Educators of course Microbiology: Basics

 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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Great prep!
By Anna H. on 15. September 2016 for Microbiology: Basics

Super clear lectures, covering all of the basics you need for the mcat. Speaks a little slowly, but nothing that the 1.5x button can't fix.

Well done!
By Robert R. on 12. September 2016 for Microbiology: Basics

I'm currently taking Microbiology and Lab. It is nice to be able to catch another lecture. The Lecturio lectures are actually more informative than the classroom. I am pleased with what I have learned and I know I will get the better grade.

By Lynn F. on 22. August 2016 for Microbiology: Basics

Everything is clearly explained and it makes it simple to learn.

Very helpful!
By Sara M. on 10. August 2016 for Microbiology: Basics

I enjoy watching these lectures.. it doesn't bore me as a class lecture:P

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