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Microbial Genetics

Instructors: Jon Bollback & Calin Guet

Teaching Assistant: Maros Pleska




Microbial species represent more than 90% of the species diversity, have been estimated to represent nearly half of all the biomass on the planet, are the causal agents of the majority of human diseases, and have played a pivotal role in our understanding of genetics, historically and even today. This advanced course focuses on all aspects of microbial genetics. Some key topics covered are:


  1. Structure of the cell
  2. Membrane transport
  3. Biosynthesis
  4. Growth and replication
  5. genetic architecture, gene expression and regulation
  6. plasmids, mobile elements and phages
  7. evolution and ecology, and
  8. genetic tools




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