ASCUS Lab Microbiology Induction

One way to access our Open Sessions is to come along to one of our themed lab inductions. Our inductions currently cover two different themes, microscopy and microbiology, so let us know which one you are interested in attending and we can arrange to run one for you.

More about our Microbiology Induction

Our microbiology induction is for anyone interested in accessing our ASCUS Lab Open Sessions to work with microorganisms. You don’t need to have worked in a lab before. During this microbiology and culturing lab induction you will receive an induction to safe working in ASCUS Lab followed by an introduction to our collection of microorganisms. This will set you up with all the information you need to access our Open Sessions to do your own independent microbiological exploration in a supported and supervised environment. Scroll down to see what types of microorganisms we have in our collection.

What is microbiology?

Microbiology is an area that explores all living organisms that are too small to be visible with the naked eye. In ASCUS Lab this includes bacteria, fungi, protozoa* and algae, collectively known as ‘microbes’. These microbes have different characteristics and behaviours and microbiology focuses on observing and understanding how they grow and interact with other living things as well as the conditions they need to survive. The basic techniques used regularly in microbiological work are sterilisation, aseptic techniques, inoculation and incubation.
*Protozoa are small (but not simple) organisms

ASCUS Lab Collection of microorganisms

Bioluminiscent bacteria
Pigmented bacteria
S. cerevisiae
Microscopic fungi
Slime mould
E. coli

Basic Microbiology Techniques Covered

Aseptic Technique

Our Next Microbiology Induction

Our Lab Inductions currently run on the first Saturday of the month*. To find out when the next induction is please click here

* Some months may be cancelled due to workshops/events taking place, please see our calendar for more information

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