20.106J / 1.084J Systems Microbiology

Fall 2006

Diagram of the flagellar rotary motor that propels E. coli.
This natural rotary motor propels the flagella of E. coli cells, allowing them to move forward. (Figure by MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features complete notes as well as presentation slides in the lecture notes section.

Course Description

This course covers introductory microbiology from a systems perspective, considering microbial diversity, population dynamics, and genomics. Emphasis is placed on the delicate balance between microbes and humans, and the changes that result in the emergence of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. The case study approach covers such topics as vaccines, toxins, biodefense, and infections including Legionnaire’s disease, tuberculosis, Helicobacter pylori, and plague.
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Prof. Edward DeLong
Prof. David Schauer

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session