Microbiology

The study of micro organism, how they survive and different attributes to aid their virulence




Microbiology is similar to the animal kingdom in the sense that each organism has different and similar aspects which ensure there survival.

In the beginning of learning about microbiology you will be taught about the different cell walls microorganisms have and how they can be differentiated (gram stain). In addition, you will be taught about different structures within the organisms such as flagella.


Once you are well versed in the physiology of microorganisms you will begin to learn about different bacteria, what diseases they cause and what do the bacteria possess to cause the associated symptoms. For example, Clostridium tetani which is responsible for cause tetanus and Bordetella pertussis which is responsible for whooping cough.

Normally you are taught the different bacteria and then go through patient cases to apply what has be taught though lectures.


Virulence factors are essential in the pathogenesis of bacteria and are studied by reseachers all around the globe in an attempt to better understand microorganisms. Some virulence factors are the target for vaccines to make the bacteria inert.


This subject is taught through lab sessions, lectures and seminars. The hands on experience can be used to differentiate between different bacteria.