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Welcome to Forethought India One-on-One Courses. Our program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their chosen profession. Our instructor for this course is Professor Ian Goodfellow at University of Cambridge.


"Exploring Microorganisms in Nature" is a comprehensive course that delves into the fascinating world of microorganisms and their diverse roles in natural ecosystems. This course is designed to provide a deep understanding of microorganisms, from the fundamental concepts to advanced topics. You will learn about the various types of microorganisms, their distribution in natural environments, and their pivotal contributions to soil, water, air, and beyond. Additionally, this course explores the critical roles of microorganisms in areas such as biogeochemical cycles, human health, agriculture, biotechnology, and environmental impact. Students will gain insights into microbial diversity, interactions, and the intriguing adaptations of microorganisms in extreme environments. Throughout the course, we'll investigate the significance of microbial ecology, bioremediation, and their genetic and genomic aspects. By the end, you'll be equipped with a well-rounded knowledge of microorganisms, their impact on the world, and the latest trends in microbiology.



At the end of the program, students will receive a certificate & performance letter by the educator indicating that they have completed the program and acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their chosen profession.

Exploring Microorganisms in Nature, by Ian Goodfellow at Cambridge

  • Ian Goodfellow is Professor of Virology and Deputy Head of Department (Pathology). His research focuses on the mechanisms of RNA virus replication and pathogenesis as well as the identification of control measures for the prevention or treatment of infections. His lab established the use of reverse genetics to study the molecular basis of norovirus pathogenesis, developing the first infectious reverse genetics system for noroviruses and the study of no viruses remains their main focus. During the 2014-16 Ebola virus epidemic, Professor Goodfellow was involved in the establishment and running of one of the first diagnostic facilities in Sierra Leone before subsequently returning to establish an in-country next generation sequencing facility to enable rapid sequence analysis of Ebola viral samples. Professor Goodfellow now holds an honorary position at the University of Makeni, Sierra Leone where he has established a research facility for post-Ebola capacity building.

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