Basics of Medical Microbiology
What you'll learn
- At the end of the course, you would know who are the founding fathers of Microbiology, parts of a light Microscope, and cell culture techniques, In this course, you will learn how to classify microorganisms, how to use the correct nomenclature, the different staining techniques and factors involved in microbial growth
- How to use a light microscope
- How to do Gram-staining
- How to do the streak plate technique for pure bacterial cell isolation
- Explain the bacterial growth curve and the log phase
- Prerequisites: Basic Chemistry and Biology
An Introduction to the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa, with a main emphasis on bacteria. Topics include History of Microbiology, Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cells, Classification, Microscopy, Staining techniques, and Microbial growth and nutrition.
Materials will include PowerPoint presentations, links to videos, and lecture notes. The Course itself is for 5 hours. So, based on the time one can allot to the course, depending on the time constraints, it may take a week to 2 weeks to complete it. The course is structured in such a way that there will be a progression from one concept to the next, although each lesson will be a stand-alone.
It will include laboratory aspects associated with Microbiology such as use of microscopes, Gram-staining technique, streak plate method of bacterial cell isolation. The techniques are explained along with the theory or “reasoning” behind them. This should help one to not only assimilate the subject better but to avoid mistakes in the step-by-step process by recalling the “why” before the “what” for each technique.
Whether you are new to Microbiology, want to refresher course, or want to learn certain basic yet complex concepts, this course aims to deliver quality material which will make learning more engaging and Microbiology a more fascinating subject, especially as it relates to Medicine.
Who this course is for:
- This is an introductory Microbiology course. The course will benefit mostly Undergraduate and College level students.
- Microbiology Students
- Biology Students
- Allied Health Sciences Students
- Pre-nursing students
- Pre-med students
Dr. Sunita Seemanapalli has over 10 years of experience in biomedical research, particularly in field of Microbiology. She has a Medical Degree from the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil. In order to better understand the basic mechanism of disease processes, she pursued graduate studies in the US. She earned an M.S. from Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA. Her Master's thesis focused on the levels of p53, a tumor suppressor protein in Human Cytomegalovirus-infected cells. She earned her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on the role of Outer Surface Protein C in the pathogenesis of Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease. In March 2011, Dr. Seemanapalli completed one year of post-doctoral research at Texas A&M, College Station, TX, where she developed mutant and complementation strains of Borrelia burgdorferi expressing virulent genes.
Dr. Seemanapalli worked at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the Department of Human Genomics for 5 years. She also worked at the Hansen's Disease Center for about a year in research related to multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
In reference to her teaching experience, Dr. Seemanapalli taught General Biology Laboratory courses as a Teaching Assistant at Southern University and as an Adjunct Instructor at the Baton Rouge Community College for one and a half years.In the Fall of 2011, Dr. Seemanapalli taught Microbiology lecture and lab course at Blinn College, a Community College located in Bryan, TX.
Dr. Seemanapalli won several awards for excellent powerpoint presentations at local, regional and national scientific meetings. She has a first author and several co-author papers published in several peer-reviewed journals, including in the Journal of Immunology. Her expertise is in the areas of Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Immunology. She is passionate about teaching Microbiology in an engaging and interest-captivating manner.