Here’s what Microbiology students can do for you:
- Basic laboratory techniques including; media preparation and molecular techniques including; PCR and cloning, gel electrophoresis, protein and nucleic acid purification, enzyme assays as well as lab safety protocols
- Routine operation of instruments; incubators, UV/vis spectrophotometers, centrifuges and liquid handling
- Sample collection and preparation
- Data collection, analysis and visualization-R, Python, SPSS, MATLAB
- Research – experiential design; scientific literature searches
Science Co-op students are equipped with a solid foundation of transferable skills which include:
- Critical thinking and creative problem solving
- Research, analysis, and project management
- Communications and writing
- Digital Technology
- Leadership and teamwork
- Cultural and historical awareness
Modern microbiology has had a great impact on medicine, ecology, and industry due to the active research conducted in the many areas covered by both the basic and applied aspects of this science. Some microbiologists are interested in the basic biology of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, protozoa) and may concentrate on particular functional processes. They work in areas such as microbial cytology, biochemistry, physiology, ecology, genetics, and molecular biology. Others may have a more applied orientation and they work on practical microbiological problems in medicine, food and dairy industries, public health, and biotechnology.
Recent surveys indicate that career prospects in these areas are better now than at any time in the recent past and openings may be available in the medical field (national research labs, hospitals, universities); ecology (environmental institutes, marine and freshwater biology labs, soil labs, pollution control centres); and in applied and basic research in industries (biotechnology, food, dairy) and universities.