7.343 Sophisticated Survival Skills of Simple Microorganisms

As taught in: Spring 2008

Smiling and frowning microorganisms.

Simple organisms may become exposed to potentially damaging elements in their environment. To counter these, they have developed a sophisticated set of cellular stress responses. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Dr. Adrienne Dolberry

Course Description

In this course, we will discuss the microbial physiology and genetics of stress responses in aquatic ecosystems, astrobiology, bacterial pathogenesis and other environments. We will learn about classical and novel methods utilized by researchers to uncover bacterial mechanisms induced under both general and environment-specific stresses. Finally, we will compare and contrast models for bacterial stress responses to gain an understanding of distinct mechanisms of survival and of why there are differences among bacterial genera.

This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting.