MCBI 603: Experimental Microbiology


This laboratory course aims at providing practical training and experience in the methods and practices necessary for a successful career in microbiology. Work will include: growth and characterization of various microbial organisms that are representative of important pathogens; methods to visualize cell specialization, such as light microscopy and the analysis of cell fluorescence; extraction and characterization of proteins and nucleic acids from cells; the infection of cells by viruses; and the methods used to characterize virus life-styles. Methods learned in this course will include sterile technique for handling pathogens, advanced light microscopy, operation of numerous instruments as well as separation methods.