A microbiologist was a scientist who worked in the field of microbiology. Microbiologists studied organisms called microbes. Microbes could take the form of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protists. One of the microbiologist's main research aims was to find out how microbes affected the world around them.

Specialist branches in the field of microbiologyEdit

  • Bacteriologists worked in the field of bacteriology and studied bacteria.
  • Environmental microbiologists worked in the field of environmental microbiology and studied microbial processes in the environment.
  • Food microbiologists worked in the food industry and studied pathogenic microorganisms that caused food-borne illness and spoilage.
  • Industrial microbiologists generally worked in biotechnology and studied microorganisms that produced useful products.
  • Medical microbiologists were medical practitioners (physicians) who had chosen to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of microbial diseases in patients.
  • Mycologists worked in the field of mycology and studied fungi.
  • Protozoologists worked in the field of protozoology and studied protists.
  • Virologists worked in the field of virology and studied viruses.
  • Microbial epidemiologists studied the role of microorganisms in health and illness.
  • Immunologists studied how the body defended itself against viruses, bacteria, and etc.


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