The 3rd year module BIOL3057 'Biofilms and Microbial Communities' aims to provide an understanding of bacterial biofilms and the environmental, industrial and health care problems related to complex microbial consortia of societal importance. Students will learn to describe and explain the basis for biofilm development in nature and in chronic infections, as well as to understand and interpret the outputs of modern techniques in microbial biofilm research. Biofilms and Microbial Communities' follows our foundation microbiology courses BIOL2038 and BIOL2044 (either of which will be a prerequisite for the 3rd year module), and directly addresses Southampton's cross-faculty strengths in biofilm research, and as lead for the National Biofilms Innovation Centre. As such lectures on this module will be contributed by academic members of staff from working on interdisciplinary projects with Health Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, and Ocean and Earth Sciences.
Pre-requisites: BIOL2038 or BIOL2044