by Vincent Racaniello, PhD

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 105
  • Duration 6:04 h
  • Quiz questions 308
  • 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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not so informative
By sazzad hoss a. on 14. January 2019 for How are Viruses Studied?

not detailed and for a introductory vedio should be more explanatory

great lectures
By Mohammed A. on 08. January 2019 for Fungi

very nice and efficient lectures, you have to write some notes to your book from this lectures!

It's a amazing introduction. I'm expected about this course!!!
By Giovanni P. on 04. January 2019 for Human Microbiome

I think that this course is a incredible tool for medical students. I belive that it's important the Microbiology for doctors and it's great that we have access at it's information

not enough
By Benjamin B. on 22. December 2018 for Bacteria

I would love to give a higher rating but many important pathogens are not covered

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