by Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Explore the microscopic beings that rule the world and treat the diseases they cause

UPDATE: Lecturio is expanding this course with an additional 60 microorganisms in the upcoming weeks, check back soon!

Microbes outnumber all other creatures on earth: While invisible to the human eye, bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and prions are essential for life and for medicine. This course will provide you with an overview of the most important terms and concepts in the vast field of microbiology. Tutor and award-winning virologist Prof. Vincent Racaniello will help you identify the different microbes and the diseases that they cause.

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

Start studying with Lecturio and our high-yield video lectures today! Boost your test scores with the help of valuable mnemonics and clinical pearls as well as topic reviews and quiz questions.

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Course Details

  • Videos 105
  • Duration 6:04 h
  • Quiz questions 307
  • Articles 17


Your Educators of course Microbiology

 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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Very excellent job Dr.Vincent
By Mohamed A. on 22. March 2019 for Fungi

nothing could be better, I liked your way and simplicity with fully clear explanations.

excellent job Dr.Vincent
By Mohamed A. on 21. March 2019 for Viruses

clear helpful illustrations. although history took much time, but I liked the way you went through it, your slides also were simple, not crowded and well organized.

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.

Not close to test questions
By Ge J. on 20. March 2019 for Viruses

It tells the information is not really close to the USMLE questions.