Welcome to the Department of Microbiology

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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News

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The Importance of Natural History Collections

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Front Cover Hearst Publication

CAS Special Publication: The Coral Triangle - The 2011 Hearst Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

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Contact

Shannon Bennett, Ph.D

Associate Curator

Department of Microbiology

 

sbennett@calacademy.org

 

55 Music Concourse Drive

Golden Gate Park

San Francisco, CA 94118

 


Charlotte Pfeiffer

Research Program Coordinator

Department of Microbiology

 

cpfeiffer@calacademy.org

 

T (415) 379-5361

 

55 Music Concourse Drive

Golden Gate Park

San Francisco, CA 94118