This webinar is the first part of our two-part series on microbiology. Watch to learn about common bacterial shapes, membranes, and the major structural components of bacteria. This webinar will also teach you how to read bacterial growth plates for mutagen and antibiotic resistance, and give context to the growing threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Apply clinical deduction and experimental skills to bacterial questions and experiments

  • Read bacterial growth plates

  • Be familiar with the purpose and reasoning behind the Ames test


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • Common bacteria shapes (round, rod, spiral) and different types of bacterial membranes (gram positive, gram negative)

  • The major structural components of bacteria


On the MCAT

  • Cell biology is mostly microbiology. E coli is one of the most understood organisms on the planet, and antibiotic resistance is a big medical problem. You can expect the MCAT to add clinical context to bacteria questions, in addition to asking both experimental questions and straightforward recall ones.


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