Faculty of Science

Molecular Microbiology

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2013 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Biological Sciences.


Molecular Microbiology is the investigation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, and viruses at the level of DNA, RNA, proteins and other cell molecules. It includes the study of microbial gene regulation and expression, evolution, physiology and metabolism, and cell-cell communication. 

In particular, Molecular Microbiology examines the virulence of microbes which cause human, animal and plant diseases from a molecular basis, as well as the interactions that occur between a disease-causing microorganism and its host. Since genomes can now be fully sequenced, we can use this information to look for new and more effective drug targets. 

Molecular Microbiology is taught by the School of Biological Sciences at postgraduate level only. Undergraduates interested in this area study Cell and Molecular Bioscience.

Information about postgraduate study in Molecular Microbiology can be found on the School of Biological Sciences website.

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How to find out more

More information about postgraduate study is available at the Faculty of Graduate Research.

Contact the Science Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

Relevant courses are taught within the School of Biological Sciences, New Kirk Building. School Office: Level 5.

Dr Paul Teesdale-Spittle
04 463 6086094
Email: paul.teesdale-spittle@vuw.ac.nz

Mary Murray
Phone: 04-463 5339