Posted: April 12, 2021

“An animal’s existence would be impossible without microbial life.” - Louis Pasteur.

Why take this course?

Most of the cells in our body are of microbial origin. Microbes play a crucial role in digestion, immune function, behavior, and survival of many species.

Microbiome research is a rapidly evolving field. Take this course to learn what it is all about and to be up to date with the most exciting findings in this area.

  • Discover the microbiome
  • Understand and compare methodologies
  • Get exposed to analysis techniques of microbial data
  • Describe strategies used to modulate the microbiome
  • Identify the essential functions performed by the microbiome in different animal species

This semester includes a student-led microbiome investigation thanks to the Harbaugh Program! Limited enrollment.

Formulate your own microbiome question and participate on the entire process of microbiome research from sample collection to data analysis!

  • Lecture: 11:15 am-12:05 pm on Monday and Wednesday in 106 ASI
  • Lab: Friday 2:30-3:20 pm in 305 Patterson

Questions: Contact instructor Dr. Erika Ganda ( or