A set of virtual, interactive bacteriology labs have been developed to allow the student to learn a variety tests that are done in a diagnostic microbiology laboratory to identify bacterial pathogens from patient samples. Each module demonstrates a different laboratory test, and the student is able to carry out and interpret the results of each test with controls and unknowns. Instructions are provided within each on-line module.

Each module can be accessed from the links to the left, and the module will open in a new window.

Dear Users,
Many of the modules in the Virtual Interactive Bacteriology Lab require Adobe Flash player. Web browsers and Adobe no longer support Adobe Flash. We are in the process of redesigning these modules in a non-flash platform and have completed the Gram Stain and Antimicrobial Susceptibility/Kirby-Bauer modules. However, the modules within the Biochemical Tests and Streak Plate links have not been converted. As a work around, we have provided downloadable versions of the modules that can be run on a computer with Adobe Flash player downloaded locally.
For these Flash modules, choose the link for the operating system you are using to download the file onto your hard drive.

Windows Flash Player 32 Beta Standalone

Macintosh Flash Player (At this Adobe link, you will be able to download the Macintosh Flash Player)
Linux Flash Player 64 Standalone (zipped file)

To run each flash module, download the swf module onto your computer and then open it in the Flash player. The Start Button is the only functioning portion of the swf module. Each module description is shown at the top of the module page and the steps and credits are included in the PDF file located at the bottom of each page.

If you have any questions or feedback about this site - please contact:

Dr. Cindy Grove Arvidson, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
College of Human Medicine
Michigan State University
email: arvidso3@msu.edu