by Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Sean Elliott, MD

Viruses are microorganisms constituted by sequences of genetic material encased in a protein capsule, which hijack the cellular machinery of eukaryotes to multiply themselves. Although viruses have adopted this strategy as a mechanism for survival apparently out of evolutionary pressure, many people are reluctant to refer to viruses as living organisms—precisely because of this reason. In clinical practice, viruses continue to be an everyday challenge as the causal factors of a long list of ailments of varying severity, from a simple cold to acquired immunodeficiency (caused by HIV).

In this course, the student will be introduced to the main families of viruses and their most notable members in clinical practice. Basic concepts of virology will also be covered.

For optimal comprehension, the student will be required to have preliminary knowledge of molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, histology, and physiology.

Course Details

  • Videos 51
  • Duration 5:17 h
  • Quiz questions 172
  • Concept Pages 47


Your Educators of course Viruses

 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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great lecture series for microbiology
By Ecem o. on 03. February 2022 for Gapped Double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) Genomes – DNA Viruses

very clear and detailed explanations,basics and detailed information is well explained.

It was wonderful lesson.
By Nicole R. on 30. October 2021 for Roseolovirus (HHV-6 and HHV-7) – Herpesviruses

He was very wholesome,calm,clear composed and his use of references to his experience were wonderful.

By Olatunji S. on 23. April 2021 for Viruses

More emphasis on how the usmle style questioning will be asked

By Irina P. on 20. March 2021 for Double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) Genomes – DNA Viruses

I like all your lectures, you give a great explanation of the material, thank you, Professor!