What you will learn

Gain contemporary skills and knowledge for your job now.

Microbial genomics is transforming clinical and public health responses to infectious diseases. Rapid advances in real-time sequencing technologies and bioinformatics have given epidemiologists the tools to counter disease on a global scale.

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for health professionals seeking the advanced theory and practical skills required to prevent and control infectious diseases. You'll explore metagenomics in pathogen identification and build on your existing knowledge of clinical genomic data. You'll also learn best practice approaches for reporting microbial sequence data and examine key ethical and privacy concerns related to working with DNA.

This course is co-designed and delivered in partnership with the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Learning is equivalent to Level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Understand microbial genomics in real-time DNA sequencing

Explore key concepts in microbial genomics, such as next-generation long-read sequencing. Discover how modern techniques in real-time DNA sequencing can be applied in clinical microbiology to enhance infectious disease surveillance activities.

Gain valuable practical experience in long-read DNA sequencing

Learn to sequence large sections of DNA data.  You'll explore the fundamentals of long-read sequencing in whole-genome metagenomics, master advanced microbial profiling to identify pathogens, and gain essential practical experience to accurately assess data quality.

Consider key ethical and privacy concerns in DNA data management

Examine key quality control parameters in whole-genome sequencing to enhance your understanding of DNA database management.  You'll use actual genomics lab reports to pinpoint important ethical and privacy issues relevant to working with data that contains human DNA.

Use the latest technologies to analyse pathogen genomic data

Draw on your new knowledge to independently examine a pathogen genomic dataset. You'll use the online microbial genomics platform Galaxy to analyse real-world datasets and assess the overall quality and reliability of the results. Present your interpretations to your peers and receive valuable expert feedback on your work.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Professor Tim Stinear

Scientific Director of the Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics research centre

Tim is a molecular microbiologist and research-teaching academic. He leads a team of scientists focused on understanding how certain types of bacteria spread and cause disease. In addition, he is the Scientific Director of the Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics research centre and a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Fellow.

Dr Claire Gorrie

Bioinformatician - MDU PHL - Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Claire Gorrie is an early career researcher whose work focuses on developing genomic techniques for studying the evolution and transmission of antimicrobial resistant pathogens both in healthcare facilities and the wider community. During her PhD, she studied Klebsiella pneumoniae, and has since expanded her scope to include a range of bacterial pathogens such as Enterococcus faecium, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Neisseria gonorrhoea.

Dr Sarah Baines

Research Officer, Antimicrobial Resistance, Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Sarah Baines is an early career researcher specialising in microbiology and genomics, as applied to understanding the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). For her PhD, she investigated the population and functional genomics of drug-resistant lineages of Staphylococcus aureus. She continues to research S. aureus population dynamics, more recently expanding to other bacterial pathogens of public health interest to understand complex mechanisms of AMR.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Applied Pathogen Genomics series

This series is designed for infectious diseases professionals seeking practical skills in the groundbreaking areas of pathogen genomics and bioinformatics. Taught by leading genomics experts, it will equip you with the capacity to analyse and use genomic data in your own practice.

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For individuals

To take Microbial Genomics: Applications for Clinical Sciences as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Microbial Genomics: Applications for Clinical Sciences, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.

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