90876 - Microbiology.

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will acquire the basic knowledge about the characteristics of pathogenic microorganisms and viruses, the cellular and molecular basis of microbial and viral pathogenicity and the characteristics of microorganism / host interactions. The students will also learn the microbiological control methods applied to field of cosmetic products.

Course contents

biology of microbes

• bacteria, fungi/yeasts, viruses

• contaminant microbes in cosmetic ingredients

• microbial content and product safety

• sanitary practices in cosmetic manufacturing

• cosmetic microbiology test methods

• molecular biology test methods

• preservation of cosmetics from infectious agents and hurdle technology

• antimicrobial mechanisms of selected preservatives and the bacterial response

• ingredients affecting preservatives

• safety and toxicological properties of preservatives

• considerations of cosmetic preservation from the consumer point of view

• microbiology of the skin and factors modifying cutaneous microflora

• governmental regulations and microbiological aspects of manufacturing cosmetics and drugs

• global regulation of preservatives and cosmetic preservatives


AU - Geis, Phil
PY - 2020/06/06
SP -
T1 - COSMETIC MICROBIOLOGY THIRD EDITION Geis Cosmetic Microbiology A Practical Approach Third edition Cosmetic Microbiology A Practical Approach Third edition Philip A Geis

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons


Video tutorials



As concerns the teaching methods of this course unit, all students must attend online Modules 1 and 2 on health and safety in study and intnership areas [https://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/health-and-assistance/health-and-safety/online-course-on-health-and-safety-in-study-and-internship-areas], while Module 3  is to be attended in class. Information about Module 3 attendance schedule is available on the website of your degree programme.

Assessment methods

Written test: questions with multiple choice answers

Teaching tools

Web tutorials

Video presentations

Practical work at the lab bench

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Ripalti