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 6
  • Duration 2:53 h
  • Quiz questions 22
  • Topic reviews 4


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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Understood it all very well
By Neuer P. on 11. January 2017 for Introduction to Microbiology: Important Concepts and Terms

Understood it all very well. Easy to learn and the quiz in the end helps a lot too!

Awesome explanation!
By Ismet V. on 18. December 2016 for Microbiology: Introduction

It cleared my mind about bacteria and it's morphological properties & distinguishments etc. Awesome! Thank you!

Easy to understand
By Yoga N. on 24. November 2016 for Introduction to Microbiology: Important Concepts and Terms

As an "Bahasa Indonesia" speaker, English is not my mother language. This professor talks clearly and easy to understand. All basic information about microorganism is provided by this communicative video. I am really appreciate your explanation, Prof. Thank you very Much

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

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.

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