Bio 350: Advanced Microbiology Spring 2015 Tuesdays 12 noon -1: 40 pm, mr 1 Professor: Dr. Anu Janakiraman

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Bio 350: Advanced Microbiology

Spring 2015

Tuesdays - 12 noon -1:40 pm, MR 1

Dr. Anu Janakiraman

Office: MR 616


Office hours: By appointment only

Laboratory Technical Assistant:

Andrew Blake (

Laboratory Teaching Assistants:

Varan Singh (

Course learning outcomes:

1. What are microbes? How are microbes related to other living organisms? How do they differ from each other?

2. Comparative microbial metabolism.

3. Molecular genetics of model microbes.

4. Tools and techniques needed to study microorganisms.

5. How do microbes affect us in our personal lives?

6. How do microbes interact with each other and other living beings?
In addition, students will read and evaluate primary literature articles and become familiar with experimental methodologies used to solve research questions in microbiology.
Course assessment tools:

Three lecture exams (45%)

Three laboratory exams (30%)

Lab report (15%)

Identification of two bacterial unknowns (5%)

Class participation (5%)


No textbook is required for the class. A text that can be referred to for detailed reading is “Brock Biology of Microorganisms” 14th edition. Pearson/Benjamin Cummings by Madigan, M.T., J. M. Martinko, P.V. Dunlap, and D.P. Clark. 2011.

The lectures are compiled from many sources and will be posted on Blackboard.
Additional resources:

Syllabus, Lecture slides PDF, lab report format instructions, and sample exam questions will be posted on CUNY Bio: 35000 Blackboard site. Relevant primary literature articles will also be posted on BB as and when necessary.

Syllabus is subject to change:

The course syllabus and schedule may change due to various circumstances. You are responsible for any announcements made during class, even if you were absent.


If you are absent for two or more lectures you will miss a substantial portion of the class. You are responsible for obtaining the information on your own for any missed lectures. Labs cannot be made up. If you miss two labs you will automatically be dropped from the course.

Course policies:

Cell phone and pager sounds are disruptive to the class and must be silenced (turned off or set on vibrate mode). Please be considerate of your classmates; if you must answer the phone, leave the room before doing so.


Missed lab and lecture exams may NOT be made up unless there is a compelling reason. You must provide appropriate documentation for your absence and the makeup test will be in an essay format. If you are absent for a lab or lecture exam, you WILL receive a zero.

Evaluation of your performance:

Lecture exams, laboratory exams, lab report, identification of lab unknowns, and class participation will be taken into consideration for determining the final grade.

Academic integrity:

The CCNY policy on academic integrity will be followed. Document is posted on Blackboard as well as the CCNY website (CUNY policy on academic integrity—link is at the bottom of the home page). Make sure you have read the details regarding plagiarism and cheating, in case you are not clear about the rules of the college. Cases where academic integrity is compromised will be prosecuted according to these rules.

Lecture topics and schedule:

Lecture Date


Feb 03

Introduction to microbiology

Feb 10

Cell structure

Feb 17

Microbial metabolism

Feb 24

Microbial cell cycle and cell growth

Mar 03

LECTURE EXAM 1 (during class period)

Mar 10

Environmental sensing and signaling

Mar 17

Transport and secretion

Mar 24

Replication, Transcription, and Translation

Mar 31


Apr 03-12

Spring break

Apr 14

LECTURE EXAM 2 (during class period)

Apr 21

Bacterial Genetics

Apr 28

Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

Apr 30

Host-pathogen interactions

May 05

Overview of Viruses

May 12

Basics of molecular immunology

May 19

FINAL EXAM (10:30 am -12:45 pm, MR 1)

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