General Microbiology I

6 ECTS / Semester / Português

Objectives and competences

This course offers an overview of the biology of the microorganisms and the consequent potential implications in human health, disease and wellbeing as well as on the multiple biotechnological applications.

Avoiding descriptive approaches, the course seeks to encourage students to use their knowledge in a critical way and to develop science-based arguments.


Teaching Methodologies

Lectures are supported by slides and short movies.
Laboratory sessions promote the autonomous work of students.



What studies the Microbiology?
Short notes on Microbiology history
Factors influencing and used control proliferation and survival of microorganisms
Eukaryotic microorganisms
Biology of prokaryotes
Microbial metabolism
Kinetics of microbial growth

Laboratory classes:
Good practices and safety in a Microbiology lab
Basic techniques and methods in Microbiology
Purification and characterization of mixed cultures of microorganisms
Morphologic, physiologic and biochemical characterization of microorganisms
Microbial growth, growth phases and kinetic parameters.


Associate Professor
Célia Manaia has a background in Biochemistry and specialization in Microbiology. Her academic career includes a Bachelor and Doctoral degrees concluded at…
Assistant Professor
Freni K. Tavaria has a degree in Biology (Texas A&M University, USA) and a PhD in Food Science and Engineering (Escola Superior de Biotecnologia - ESB). She…
Associate Professor
Isabel Vasconcelos graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Porto, Portugal and got her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Biotechnology, option…
She has a Ph.D. in Biotechnology (Microbiology area, 2015), a master's degree in Food Science and Technology (2008) and a degree in Microbiology (2004) from…
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