10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: MBB263

Aims/Description: This module will address the current state of the art in our understanding of subcellular organisation in bacteria; challenging the idea of bacteria as bags of enzymes and DNA. The course will be largely centered on the primary literature and will cover the development of our understanding of bacterial organisation over the last 20 years against the backdrop of the microscopy resolution revolution. This will involve detailed coverage of high-resolution microscopic techniques and their application to the study of membrane microdomains; the bacterial homologues of actin, tubulin, and intermediate filament cytoskeletons; and the subcellular localisation of supramolecular complexes.

Staff Contact: Dr Patrick Baker
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam
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