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MICR 290 Antibiotic Resistance Lab REMOTE

 Fall 2020 - Remote, Winter 2021 - Remote
 Year 2
 3 units

Dr. Christopher Lohans

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is a growing public health crisis, threatening the clinical use of all antibiotics. This immersive laboratory course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop basic research skills, learning about important microbiological and biochemical research techniques and applying them to the study of antibiotic resistance. Students will work in small groups on a defined semester-long project, identifying and characterizing a bacterial antibiotic resistance mechanism. Students will learn how to culture bacteria and test their susceptibility to antibiotics, manipulate DNA samples, and purify and characterize enzymes. Students will prepare a research publication describing their results, and will orally present the current state of knowledge regarding an antibiotic and its associated resistance mechanisms. These experiments are designed to provide students with valuable lab skills that will support them with future research opportunities.


Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing, registration in a Health Sciences, Life Sciences, or Biochemistry degree plan, and one of (MICR 270/3.0; MICR 271/3.0).

MICR 221/3.0

NOTE: In order to provide laboratory opportunities for an increased number of students, students are unable to take both MICR 290 and MICR 221 due to limited laboratory capacity.