Microbiology addresses several disciplines, such as bacteriology (study of bacteria), virology (study of viruses), parasitology (study of parasites) and mycology (study of fungi).
A few of these microscopic organisms can cause infections in people and are of major problem in the treatment of trauma patients.
While healthful people may be unaffected by many of these infections or can resist them if they are exposed, the trauma patients capability to resist infection can be decreased as a result of their injuries, leaving them vulnerable.
Microbiologists perform within the field of public wellness protection in which they use a wide range of analytical and scientific methods in the study, monitoring and research of microbes including bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Microbiologists undertake laboratory analysis and monitoring of microbial cultures, samples and new medicines using specialist computer software and a variety of identification techniques and clinical trials.
tracking environmental micro-organism development
planning and carrying out trials
developing new vaccines, pharmaceutical products, medicines and compounds such as antiseptics
growing microbe cultures
recording, analysing and interpreting data
collecting samples from a variety of locations
writing research papers, reports and reviews
observing high health and safety standards
keeping up-to-date with scientific and research developments; ensuring that data is recorded accurately in accordance to guidelines
inspecting food and drink manufacturing processes to check for possible contamination
Microbiology is the study of small living organisms: viruses, bacteria, algae, protozoa and fungi. These organisms possess a major impact on all aspects of existence. Diseases due to microbes are well-known and can involve bacteria (e.g. meningococcus, staphylococcus, E. coli), viruses (e.g. influenza and HIV) and protozoa (e.g. malaria). The understanding of these organisms is straight linked to the control and prevention of infectious illnesses. Immunology performs a key role in knowing how animals and humans react to the challenge of these disease causing organisms.
What you can study
In this major, you will master about the following areas of study: the basis of immune recognition and infectious diseases, vaccine design and methods of control, parasitology and microbial biotechnology. Additionally, you will develop a knowledge of the significance of microbiology in agricultural, environmental and industrial settings.