What is Microbiology?

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi, and protozoa. This discipline includes fundamental research on the biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, ecology, evolution and clinical aspects of microorganisms, including the host response to these agents.

Microbiology is a natural science concerned with the study of life. This study involves living organisms with respect to their structure, function, growth, evolution, diversity, distribution and taxonomy.

Vision Statement

Across its curriculum, the Microbiology Department will:

  • Expose students to a broad range of knowledge in the area of the microbial world.
  • Adopt enquiry based approaches that involve critical thinking.
  • Provide students with a range of skills to evaluate the benefit and limitation inherent in different research design as well as analyze life science questions with more emphasis in microbiology.
  • Impacting into students in becoming proficient in interpreting and reporting qualitative data.
  • Help students develop abilities to convey biological information to both scientific and layman communities in written and oral formats.

Mission Statement

The Department of Microbiology is a dynamic programme for the study and research of the diverse and exciting field of life sciences. Students in the Department gain concise knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methods of modern microbiology; as well as develop necessary analytical, practical, and research skills, relevant in the ever dynamic fields of microbiology.

The Departmental curriculum is well structured to cover a wide spectrum of life sciences that prepare students for advanced studies in the various fields of life sciences such as biochemistry, immunology &immunochemistry, biotechnology, virology, pharmaceutical and biological sciences.

Finally, the Department seeks to produce students that are well furnished with the tools to take up leadership roles in the society and as well make informed decisions about scientific issues.

Program objectives

  • To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of microbiology and practical skills
  • To develop in students the ability to apply knowledge and skills to solving theoretical and practical problems in microbiology
  • To develop in students, a range of transferable skills that are of value in microbiological and biochemical employment
  • To provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of biology or multi-disciplinary areas involving biochemistry
  • To provide, through training and orientation a multi-disciplinary approach to the solution of complex life problems
  • To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of microbiology in industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social development
  • To instill in students a sense of enthusiasm for microbiology, an appreciation of its application in different contexts and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.

Career Opportunities

As a microbiologist, you will work with many other scientists and have a vast range of opportunities. Microbiologists work in almost every industry, for example, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, hospitals and have many different responsibilities. The following is a partial list of overlapping roles that you may have. You will collaborate with many other scientists. Depending on your specific situation, you may perform more than one function or role. Bacteriologist: Seek to answer basic questions about bacterial growth, metabolism, diversity, and evolution. Biochemist: Discover and teach us how organisms obtain energy, consume nutrients and reproduce. Biotechnologist: Manipulate genes in order to modify microorganisms. Their work produced novel organisms that make new products for human use. (i.e. insulin, medicine, grocery store items). Cell Biologists: Explore the actions of molecules on and in the cell. Their investigations determine how microorganisms and cell function. Clinical Microbiologist: Determine the cause of infections in humans and animals and what antimicrobials may be effective for treatment. They play a central role in the detection of new infectious agents. Environmental Scientists: Investigate the effects of biological, chemical, and geophysical activity on the environment. Their studies provide information necessary for helping humanity cope with the consequences of life. Geneticists: The language of life is written with four letters, A, C, G, and T. Each letter taken by itself is meaningless. But together the letter create a code of life. Geneticists study the process by which organisms inherit and transmit genetic information. Immunologists: Investigate the body’s defense against disease and to answer basic questions about bacterial growth, metabolism, diversity, and evolution. Mycologist: Explore the various uses of molds and yeasts for the production of antibiotics as well as food. Parasitologists: Investigate the complex life cycles of and adaptations made by organisms which depend on other organisms for survival. Science Writer: Write articles for the general public as well as for microbiology professionals. They must have a thorough understanding of language, grammar, and science. Teachers: Educate students about the usefulness and uniqueness of microorganisms. Virologists: Study viruses and bacteriophages. Virologists are interested in how viruses change and are always on the alert for new types.