Microbiology: Introduction

Microbiology: Introduction

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 45
  • Duration 2:52 h
  • Quiz questions 129
  • Articles 2


Your Educators of course Microbiology: Introduction

 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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By Yazdan Y. on 22. November 2017 for Microbiology: Introduction

I really like the detailed lectures and how they break it down so it can be understood easily.

By Alberto G. on 29. October 2017 for Microbiology: Introduction

Estudié medicina hace muchos años y las cosas han cambiado enormemente desde entonces. La aproximación a la clínica se me hace cada vez más difícil sin una vuelta a las bases y en eso el Dr. Racaniello ha sido extraordinariamente clasificador.

It is recommended
By Ayman A. on 21. October 2017 for Microbiology: Introduction

Thank you so much It was really useful and helpful

explains cleary
By Neuer N. on 16. October 2017 for Filamentous Fungi (Molds) – Fungi

i will recommend this lecture on this topic because i was failling to undestand but after this tutorial i am confident

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