MCB 6937 Microbial Diversity
Semester: Summer A
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This course is an introduction to the diversity of Bacteria and Archaea. Discussions will provide a conceptual and historical framework for understanding their
1) origin and evolution;
2) morphological, metabolic, and molecular characteristics;
3) genetic and physiological diversity;
4) importance in human/animal/plant health; and
5) roles in elemental cycling.
The specific objectives of this course are to expose students to the following topics:
- Origin, evolution, and genetic diversity of microbial life;
- Physiological diversity of metabolic and bioenergetic pathways;
- Microbial species and speciation;
- Phylogenetic and functional analysis of (meta)genomic data;
- Characterization of uncultivated microbial lineages (microbial “dark matter”); and
- Linkage between microbial diversity, function, and ecology;
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