(Code: MCRO)

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The study of micro-organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, prokaryotes, and simple eukaryotes as well as antimicrobial and antibiotic substances.

Microbiology MCRO024 - Maitane Monasterio, Spain, 2019 Chris Ayers Photography/Society for Science


Antimicrobial and Antibiotics
Applied Microbiology
Environmental Microbiology
Microbial Genetics

Antimicrobials and Antibiotics (ANT): Studies involving substances that kill or inhibit the growth of a microorganism.

Applied Microbiology (APL): The study of microorganisms having potential applications in human, animal or plant health.

Bacteriology (BAC): The study of bacteria and bacterial diseases and the microorganisms responsible for causing a disease. This field focuses on ideas spanning a wide range of topics, from identification and characterization of bacteria, all the way to the development of effective vaccines to combat various types of bacteria.

Environmental Microbiology (ENV): Studies involving microbial interactions and processes within the environment.  Air microbiology, soil microbiology and water microbiology as well as the study of biofilms would be included in this subcategory.

Microbial Genetics (GEN): The study of the genetics of microorganisms such as bacteria, archaea and some protozoa and fungi and their chromosomes, plasmids, transposons and phages.   Studies can also include gene transfer systems such as transformation, conjugation and transduction.

Virology (VIR): The study of viruses – submicroscopic, parasitic particles of genetic material contained in a protein coat – and virus-like agents. Research in this subcategory may focus on the development and effectiveness of treatments for viruses, the development and life cycle of a particular virus, or how the immune system recognizes a virus and what stimulates immune responses.

Other (OTH): Studies that cannot be assigned to one of the above subcategories. If the project involves multiple subcategories, the principal subcategory should be chosen instead of Other.