by Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Lecturio USMLE

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

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

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Course Details

  • Videos 15
  • Duration 6:05 h
  • Quiz questions 113
  • Topic reviews 8


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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Prions and statistics
By Rebecca S. on 22. February 2017 for Prions

This lectures goes through the important prion diseases. It focuses a lot on statistics making the lecture a littler longer that needed. Overall a good lecture if you're not too busy in your studying

By Rebecca S. on 21. February 2017 for Fungi

This lecture was very organized by introduction and then going into detail with the most important fungi. Made it easy to approach and easy to jump back and forward in lecture if you had a part you wanted to see again

Very good course
By Catalina M. on 06. February 2017 for Bacteria

Very good course!!

I like it for a general class, not for last minute revision.
By Bhavna P. on 04. February 2017 for Prions

It was very informational , I mean too much statistics about the history. Its really good for a class. But its bit TIME CONSUMING for some one running against time. One should be able to to hit guess the key points for revision. Im sorry, but this is my honest opinion.

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