Microbiology for Non-microbiologists

This 2 hour training will cover the basics of understanding microbes, their growth requirements and the effect microbial contamination may have on product and patient. This training is developed for personnel who have little or no microbiology knowledge and are required to perform microbiology related functions All areas in medical products manufacturing and cleanroom operations will be discussed. Additionally, microbiological test methods and sterility assurance will also be explained. Topics covered in this training will include:

  • Understanding aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, their sources and growth requirements
  • Types of media used for bacterial growth
  • Gram staining methods for differentiating bacterial types
  • Infection pathways of bacterial isolates
  • Discussion of fungal types, sources, morphology and growth patterns
  • Challenges in identifying mold
  • How mold adapts and infects
  • Differences between enveloped and unenveloped viruses
  • Cleanroom design flaws that increase microbial contamination
  • How airflows within a cleanroom can disseminate contamination
  • Understanding the science behind gowning to control human borne contamination in cleanrooms
  • The science behind disinfection and cleaning- chemical and physical removal of contaminants
  • Common errors made in fogging
  • Test methods commonly used to detect microbial contamination 
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Bioburden tests
  • Sterility tests
  • Pathogen specific assessments


Ziva Abraham

Ziva Abraham is the President and Founder of Microrite, Inc., a California based consulting firm providing consulting and training services to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and in vitro diagnostics in the areas of quality assurance, quality control, microbiology, and validation. Ziva has over 25 years of academic, research, clinical and industrial experience in microbiology, and quality assurance. Ziva has received her Master’s Degree in microbiology with a focus on Mycology and has conducted research on developing microbial Insecticides using entomogenous bacteria and fungi towards her Ph.D degree. Her career also includes founding and managing clinical laboratories for Maccabi Medical in Israel. She has trained personnel from various industries in microbiology techniques and methods. She uses her extensive experience to teach why assessing risk of microbial contamination should be in the forefront of any company that has products for human/veterinary use. Her experience in clinical laboratories has provided her with the framework to understand the effects of microbial contamination in products from a patient safety perspective.

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  • Program and instructor(s) are subject to change.
  • .2 CEUs per class.
  • Payment must accompany registration; there is no invoicing. IEST does not accept purchase orders as a method of payment.
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  • All education training courses earn Continuing Education Units.