The exercises in this laboratory manual are designed to engage students in hand-on activities that reinforce their understanding of the microbial world. Topics covered include: staining and microscopy, metabolic testing, physical and chemical control of microorganisms, and immunology. The target audience is primarily students preparing for a career in the health sciences, however many of the topics would be appropriate for a general microbiology course as well.
- So far our laboratory exercises have been primarily focused on prokaryotic organisms—those that lack a nucleus and other membrane-bound organelles. However, there are other types of eukaryotic microorganisms that exist in nature, some of which cause human disease. In this exercise we will examine representative types of eukaryotic microorganisms: fungi, protozoa, and parasitic worms (helminthes), and learn about the diseases that they cause.