Fundamentals of Microbiology, twelfth edition is designed for the introductory microbiology course with an emphasis on the health sciences. It consolidates the important concepts and ideas necessary for mastery by students entering the health care field as a nurse or other allied health professional. Over many editions of Fundamentals of Microbiology, Fundamentals of Microbiology has reflected flexibility by evolving in response to the rapidly changing field of microbiology and the changing learning needs of students.
The twelfth edition has been updated with the latest scientific and education research written with a global perspective on microbiology and infectious disease. Along with these revisions, the visual aspects of the text have been improved to make the understanding of difficult complex concepts more approachable and the figures more engaging. This the first textbook to include all the fundamental microbiological disease aspects of COVID-19 in context with chapter key concepts.
Jeffrey Pommerville is Emeritus Professor of Biology and Microbiology at Glendale Community College (GCC) in Glendale, Arizona, where he taught microbiology and introductory biology. He also had served as the Course Assessment Coordinator for the Biology Department at GCC. Before coming to GCC, he was on the biology faculty at Texas A&M University. Dr. Pommerville received his BS and PhD from the University of California-Santa Barbara. While at GCC, Dr. Pommerville served as principal investigator on several NSF grants, including Systemic Reform in Science (SyRIS) that developed a strategy to reform and integrate the introductory sciences. He is the author of more than 50 research and education research papers and was the Perspectives Editor for the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Dr. Pommerville has received numerous professional honors, including: the 2008 Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award from ASM, the Golden Microscope Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Ohaus Award for Innovations in Science Teaching from the National Science Teachers Association, and was one of the first recipients of a Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award from his home institution. He is a member of ASM and AAAS. Dr. Pommerville is a past co-chair for the ASM’s Conference for Undergraduate Educators as well as a past chair of Division W of ASM.
Besides Microbes and Society, Fifth Edition, Dr. Pommerville is author of Fundamentals of Microbiology, 11th Edition (2018), Fundamentals of Microbiology: Body Systems Edition, Third Edition (2016), as well as Encounters in Microbiology, Volume 1 and Volume 2 (2009), and Guide to Infectious Diseases by Body System, Second Edition (2012). All are published by Jones & Bartlett Learning.