Contact Admissions

Isabelle De Castro 
(954) 262-3697
Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
8000 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Apply Now

Review admissions requirements or start your application online now. Choose your program below:

Contact us at 800-541-6682

Bacterial Evolutionary Genetics

Course Numbers: OCMB - 6010, BMME - 6700

Microbial populations evolve and adapt to their surroundings in rapid and facile ways. Numerous genetic mechanisms will be discussed that can rapidly diversify or homogenize bacterial populations including hypermutation, recombination, and the selective deletion of DNA. Many of these adaptive changes lead to the acquisition of dangerous traits among bacteria including enhanced virulence attributes, multi‐drug resistance, and unusual tolerance to environmental insults. In addition, methods and assays capable of detecting and measuring these kinds of evolutionary changes among bacterial species and strains will be reviewed. Finally, a survey of analytical approaches currently deployed for ascertaining population and evolutionary diversity within a bacterial population will be undertaken.

Learning Objectives

Students will:


Miller, RV., Day, M. 2004. Microbial Evolution: Gene Establishment, Survival, and Exchange. ASM Press. ISBN: 978-1555812713.