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Hopkins Microbiology Course

Integrating concepts in microbial physiology, ecology, and evolution

Next Course: Summer 2015

Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, Pacific Grove, California

The Hopkins Microbiology Course offers…

     ...four weeks of intense learning activity focused on microbes and microbial life.  Our approach is integrative, holistic and concept based.  The study of microbes is placed firmly within the physiological, ecological (biogeochemical), genetic and evolutionary framework.

     ...exposure to a wealth of new ideas and concepts. Dedicated faculty and experienced teaching assistants are continuously on hand to offer guidance and expertise.

    ...seminars ranging from the factual to the philosophical.  Practical work forms a large part of the course and provides students with hands-on experience in isolation of a wide range of microbes, experimental evolution, population genetics, clone library construction, and bioinformatic analysis.  The course experiments are not “canned” and you will make new discoveries.

By the end of the course you will have a broad, fundamental understanding of the key concepts of microbial life and how they interconnect to each other. In addition you will have a solid set of experimental tools that enables you to address contemporary questions in microbial biology.

Is this the course for you?
The HMC is more than an introduction to microbiology: the course provides a factual background in key aspects of microbial biology, but, in keeping in the tradition of van Niel’s teaching, there is a strong emphasis on concepts, ideas, questions and the placement of microbiological knowledge within a broader and more mainstream context.  A background in microbiology is not essential, but it is an advantage.  Important is a mature approach to learning and a desire to go beyond the undergraduate lecture theatre environment.



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The Hopkins Microbiology Course is generously supported by:

Moore Foundation


Geneious   Department of Energy   Stanford University National Science Foundation