Forensic Sci.

Forensic Microbiology2

Microbiologia Forense

Curse code:8059314

Maria Helena De Sousa Barroso

Learning outcomes of the curricular unit:

Comparative study of morphology, constitution, nutrition and metabolism of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Knowledge of major microorganisms and metabolites considered as potential bioweapons. Applications of microorganisms in forensic analysis, highlighting its potential as research tools. Understanding of laboratory safety in microbiology.
At the end of UC students should be able to isolate, identify and characterize microorganisms, understand the role of bioterrorism in society, and the importance of microorganisms in the forensic investigation.

  1. Introduction to Microbiology.
  2. The microbial cell.
  3. Nutrition and bacterial growth. Microbial metabolism.
  4. Sterilization, antisepsis and disinfection.
  5. Vaccines.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. General principles of Mycology.
  8. General Principles of Virology.
  9. Brief notions on the immune response.
  10. Infectious diseases.
  11. Bioterrorism.
  12. Microorganisms and forensics.
  13. Microbial Toxins.
  14. Epidemiological research.
Suggested Bibliography:
  • Barroso H, Meliço-Silvestre A & Taveira N (2014) Microbiologia Médica, Lidel. ISBN: 9789727575763
  • Ferreira WFC, Sousa JCF & Lima N (2010) Microbiologia, Lidel. ISBN: 978-972-757-515-2
  • McDonnel GE (2007) Antisepsis, Disinfection, and Sterilization: Types, Action, and Resistance, ASM Press. ISBN: 978-1-55581-392-5
  • Budowle B, Schutzer SE, Breeze RG, Keim PS & Morse SA (2010) Microbial Forensics, 2nd ed., Elsevier Academic Press. ISBN: 9780123820068



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