Advanced Microbiology

By Arup Kumar Mitra   |   EMMRC Kolkata
Learners enrolled: 2640

The Advanced Microbiology is a 33 module course on advanced microbiology, which will equip the students with certain advanced aspects of basic microbiological techniques that include detailed classification of viruses, yeast and fungi. Production of antibiotics and their effect on the normal and pathogenic microflora of human body. Certain beneficial aspects of soil bacteria in increasing the soil fertility are also considered here. The most attractive feature of this module is that there are 15 modules of practical microbiology, which include preparation of culture media for different microbes, handling of different organisms, sterilization techniques, and isolation of microbes from nature, biomass measurement, and antibiotic sensitivity of microbes. Successful completion of this module will enable a student to perform practical hands on basic microbiological techniques that can be quite handy whenever he or she joins any research laboratory or even in industry.

The 33 modules of this course will be delivered over a period of 9 weeks roughly covering the working days of a semester. For the first 7 weeks, 4 modules will be uploaded and a time slot will be reserved for live interaction with the students. During the last 2 weeks, 3 + 2 modules will be uploaded.

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 04 Jul 2022
End Date : 30 Sep 2022
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Module 1:Morphology, Disease and Holmes Classification.
Module 2:Classification of viruses-I
Module 3:Classification of viruses II

Week 2
Module 4: Classification of fungi: Classical Concept -I
Module 5: Classification of fungi: Classical Concept -II
Module 6: Modern Classification of fungi: Modern Concept - I

Week 3
Module 7:Classification of fungi: Modern Concept - II
Module 8:Classification of fungi: Modern Concept - III
Module 9:Classification of yeast-I

Week 4
Module 10:Classification of yeast-II
Module 11: Application of microbes
Module 12:Antibiotics: The secondary Metabolites

Week 5
Module 13:Role of Staphylococcus in infection
Module 14:Nitrogen fixation & Role of Nif and Nod genes.
Module15:Microbiology & Human Health

Week 6
Module 16: Bacterial Diseases
Module 17.The pathogenesis of Vibrio cholerae
Module 18: Introduction to Salmonella 

Week 7
Module 19: Preparation of Culture Media: Liquid Medium
Module 20: Preparation of Culture Media: Solid Medium
Module 21: Sterilization Techniques (Practical)

Week 8
Module 22: Isolation of single colony on solid media (Practical)
Module 23:Enumeration of bacterial numbers by serial dilution & plating (Practical)
Module 24:Measurement of fungal bio-mass

Week 9
Module 25: Animal Handling (Practical)
Module 26:Staphylococcus aureus
Module 27:Isolation of protozoa from soil

Week 10
Module 28:Antibiotic sensitivity assay: natural products
Module 29: Preparation of culture media for pathogenic bacteria – part 1 
Module 30: Preparation of culture media for pathogenic bacteria – part 2

Week 11
Module 31:Albert and Giemsa Staining
Module 32:Determination of Growth Phase of E. coli by Measurement of OD & cfu

Week 12
Module 33:Preparation of Buffer Solution

Instructor bio

Dr. Arup Kumar Mitra has a teaching experience of 24 years teaching Microbiology, Botany and Environmental Science. He is an associate Professor and founder Head of the P.G. Department of Microbiology, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He is a Ph.D in Botany from Calcutta University. Recipient of National Merit Scholarship from Govt. of India. He has post -doctoral research experience from South Bank University, London. He is a Fellow of Indian Botanical Society and the International Society for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. He has more than 30 books in Biological Science, Environmental Science and Microbiology and has published more than 70 papers in referred National and International Journals. He has completed five research projects sponsored by UGC, DST. Five students are presently working under him for their Ph.D degrees in the P.G .Department of Microbiology. He has been a resource person in different National and International seminars in India and abroad. He has been the co-ordinator in the UGC sponsored programme for developing e-resources in Microbiology.

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