Microbiology is is the study of microorganisms, which are defined as any microscopic organism that comprises either a single cell (unicellular), cell clusters or no cell at all (acellular). This includes eukaryotes, such as fungi and protists, and prokaryotes. Viruses and prions, though not strictly classed as living organisms, are also studied. Microbiology typically includes the study of the immune system, or Immunology. Generally, immune systems interact with pathogenic microbes; these two disciplines often intersect which is why many colleges offer a paired degree such as "Microbiology and Immunology".
The Department of Microbiology is the latest department to be added to the Research Division at the California Academy of Sciences.
Click here to read the press release welcoming Shannon Bennett, PhD., as the Associate Curator for the Department of Microbiology at the California Academy of Sciences.
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