7.13 Experimental Microbial Genetics

Fall 2003

Cornynebacterium glutamicum.
Corynebacterium glutamicum. (Photomicrograph courtesy of Dr. Philip Lessard.)

Course Highlights

The projects section illustrates the student experience of this course and includes a student's final paper as well as other example materials provided by the teaching staff.

Course Description

Also referred to as the Microbial Genetics Project Lab, this is a hands-on research course designed to introduce the student to the strategies and challenges associated with microbiology research. Students take on independent and original research projects that are designed to be instructive with the goal of advancing a specific field of research in microbiology.

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Powerpoint® software is recommended for viewing the .pps files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Powerpoint® viewer software can also be used to view the .pps files.


The experiments described in these materials are potentially hazardous and require a high level of safety training, special facilities and equipment, and supervision by appropriate individuals. You bear the sole responsibility, liability, and risk for the implementation of such safety procedures and measures. MIT shall have no responsibility, liability, or risk for the content or implementation of any of the material presented.

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Dr. Philip Lessard
Prof. Anthony Sinskey
Dr. Janis Melvold

Course Meeting Times

Five sessions / week
4 hours / session