The way of the future in medical microbiology lies in Molecular microbiology.
Our hospital will be adding viral loads and Herpes PCR soon to our test menu.
There are other tests available also that we are not doing. Two of our techs in
their late 30's are currently updating their education by taking an online
course in molecular micro from Michigan State University. Some of our younger
technology students are seriously considering graduate work in this field.
Many of the big diagnostics companies are currently researching the new medical
test kits of the future (i.e. the efforts to get testing for SARS available
ASAP). If you like this kind of stuff, I hope you LOVE biochemistry in addition
If you're thinking medical, think molecular.
Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)
Microbiology since 1974 (who knows nothing currently about Molecular......)
Anton Shapiro wrote:
> I am currently a junior in a high school in San Francisco. I am very
> interested in the field of biology, and more specifically microbiology. Next
> year I will be taking a course in biotechnology offered here at school. Do
> any of you have any recommendations about how I should go about pursuing a
> career in the microbiology field? Which universities to apply for? Thanks in
> advance for any suggestions.