Microbiology
Microbiology

Microbiology

by Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Sean Elliott, MD

Infectious diseases have burdened humanity for millennia. Concepts of contagion and its prevention slowly developed in different cultures over centuries. In the 19th century, Louis Pasteur introduced the germ theory of disease, which describes the relationship between microorganisms and illnesses. Microbiology is the branch of biology that focuses on the study of these microorganisms and their relationship to disease processes by describing their characteristics (e.g., species, structure, virulence factors, etc.). Since not all microorganisms are pathogens, and some are actually beneficial to humans, microbiology provides a way to understand the difference between harmful and helpful organisms.

In the previous century, infectious diseases were the most significant causes of morbidity and mortality. After the advent of antibiotics, these diseases have become relatively less prevalent and less morbid than they used to be. They are, however, still encountered in clinical practice. A competent physician must have a good grasp on the most common pathogens in their area of work—to gain a clearer understanding of the pathophysiology of which the pathogens are a part, of effective pharmacological therapies, and of mechanisms of resistance.

In this course, the student will be taught about the major groups and families of microorganisms relevant to human health, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and prions. For optimal comprehension, the student is required to have a basic understanding of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and the differences between them, as well as of the fundamental concepts of gene expression.

Course Details

  • Videos 230
  • Duration 21:09 h
  • Quiz questions 778
  • Concept Pages 123

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Your Educators of course Microbiology

 Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Dr. Vincent Racaniello is a Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University, in New York, USA.
He obtained his PhD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City, in 1979 and joined the faculty of Columbia University in 1982.
Because of his achievements, he has received several awards, including the Irma T. Hirschl, Searle Scholars Program, Eli Lilly, and NIH Merit Awards. Dr. Racaniello is interested in using new media for medical education; he writes on his virology blog and hosts and produces several podcasts.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Racaniello teaches courses on Microbiology.

 Sean Elliott, MD

Sean Elliott, MD

Dr. Sean Elliott is the Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and the Associate Chair for the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Arizona, USA.
He obtained his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1993. Currently, he is Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at the University of Arizona Medical Center.
He devotes time to Quality Improvement, graduate medical education efficacy and his scholarship with the Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program (THMEP).
Within Lecturio, Dr. Elliott teaches courses on Microbiology.


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Nice overview!
By Alexandra G. on 19. January 2022 for Bacteria

Nice and comprehensive overview! Easy to understand/listen! Bacteria made easy.

 
Fantastic - Relevant
By Lyndon T. on 14. January 2022 for Microbiology: Introduction

Excellent content, well delivered. Great review for me since it has been over a year since I took microbiology.

 
Good
By ???? ع. on 12. January 2022 for Staphylococci

Perfect... I undarstant many things here... Nice explanation Wish best for you

 
Microbiology: do reinforce your forgotten lessons. Professor Racaniello makes it easy.
By Ruth W. on 10. January 2022 for Microbiology: Introduction

Microbiology is a founding block of all things medical. Professor Racaniello made not so easily pronounceable words sound so easy. His pace and style being so pleasant, he made it attractive for me to sit and focus start to end. I look forward to more of his lectures.