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 123
  • 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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By Bjarni J. on 30. December 2016 for Introduction to Bacteria

Learned a lot that I didn't know before. Great lecture. Minimum 10 words.

it lacks some really important stuff that should be mentioned
By marah y. on 28. December 2016 for Microbiology

It doesn't have any material about bacterial classification , bacteriophage , antibiotics , bacterial resistance to chemotherapy ....

Good lecturer. Incomplete course
By Rashmi G. on 08. November 2016 for Microbiology

Lectures are well presented. however, this does not completely cover medical microbiolgy syllabus necessary to sit examinations for medical students

By May V. on 03. November 2016 for Microbiology

I really love his lectures!!! Profesor Racaniello is so funny and explains everything so carefully that I get so interested in every single video. Thank you!!! <3

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