Bacterial Epidemiology Course - EXPLO

Bacterial Epidemiology

Embark on a week-long simulation that will reflect the intensity of working with the Center for Disease Control through an evolving outbreak crisis.

In this simulation, an unidentified disease is spreading at rates the Center for Disease Control hasn’t seen in decades. As researchers at the EXPLO CDC, you’ll work together to figure out how the disease spreads. Study patient behavior, habits, and travel histories to search for commonalities. Chart the disease as it continues to appear in countries across the globe, and run experiments to better understand how this superbug is resisting everything modern medicine can throw its way. Once you’ve managed to identify just what you’re dealing with, deduce ways to stop the bug in its tracks — and decide how to quarantine the sick without inadvertently causing a worldwide panic. Armed with new knowledge and skills, you’ll have the tools to save humanity and better understand the work of the real scientists who keep us safe.

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Course Highlights

  • Collaboration in Crisis

    Step into the roles of global leaders and economic influencers dealing with a potential pandemic. Collaborate with your local team of colleagues and communicate with your worldwide allies to define a strategy to deal with the looming crisis.

  • Transformation + Mutation

    Test the antibiotic resistance of live bacteria under a variety of conditions. Using principles of horizontal gene transfer and genome replication, perform a genetic mutation to see how bacteria can quickly adapt to disruptive variables over time.

  • Contagion Mapping

    Apply the strategies used in the 1854 Broad Square cholera outbreak to trace the interactions of various characters, and identify where a disease originated.

  • SIR Modeling

    Use a mathematical model to calculate the impact of a disease by measuring the amount of susceptible, infected, and recovered individuals over the course of an outbreak.

I feel like EXPLO is the place to kind of figure out what you want to do because you can try a little bit of everything until you find your fit. It's just a safe environment where you can go and be yourself. You can really figure out who you are here, without any judgement.