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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.



"Virology Essentials: Demystifying Viruses" is a comprehensive course designed to provide a thorough understanding of the world of viruses and their impact on human health and biology. This course delves into the intricate world of virology, covering a wide range of topics. Beginning with an introduction to virology and viral structure, it progresses to explore viral replication mechanisms, host-virus interactions, and common viral infections. As the course advances, it delves deeper into emerging viral diseases, molecular virology, viral evolution, and the immunology of viral infections. It also addresses diagnostic techniques, viral epidemiology, antiviral therapies, and their impact on public health. The advanced topics include in-depth exploration of RNA and DNA viruses, retroviruses like HIV, emerging technologies in virology, viral oncology, and ethical considerations in the field. Throughout the course, students will gain a holistic view of the subject through lectures, discussions, case studies, and student presentations, culminating in a final assessment. Whether you're a beginner looking to grasp the basics or a professional seeking advanced knowledge, this course equips learners with the essential tools to navigate the fascinating world of viruses.



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.

Virology Essentials: Demystifying Viruses, 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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