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.

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 create a plan to save humanity — and in the process, become familiar with the processes scientists use to keep us safe.

Plan your summer

New York

Course Highlights

  • Contagion Mapping

    Applying the same concepts used to trace the Broad Square cholera outbreak in the 1800s, identify where a disease originated by investigating and evaluating character interactions.

  • SIR Modeling

    Calculate the impact of a disease using a mathematical model, in which you’ll measure the populations of susceptible, infected, and recovered individuals.

  • 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 discover how quickly bacteria adapt to disruptive variables over time.

  • Collaboration in Crisis

    Step into the roles of global leaders and economic influencers dealing with a simulated pandemic. Collaborate with your local team of colleagues and communicate with worldwide allies to outline a strategy that will address the looming crisis.

Bacterial Epidemiology has taught me how to streak plates, which is something we have to learn how to do if we want to be biologists. It’s when you put bacteria on a plate, but you have to do it in a specific way so that it works. It definitely has made me more certain that I want to become a biologist.