20 Best Microbiology Podcasts of 2021

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Are you wanting to learn more about microbiology ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best microbiology podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Microbiology Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Microbe Talk

  • Publisher: Microbiology Society
  • Total Episodes: 115

Microbe Talk is a podcast from the Microbiology Society, interviewing researchers about bacteria, viruses and parasites. We are the largest microbiology society in Europe, covering all aspects of microbial science.

This Week in Microbiology

  • Publisher: Vincent Racaniello
  • Total Episodes: 243

This Week in Microbiology is a podcast about unseen life on Earth hosted by Vincent Racaniello and friends. Following in the path of his successful shows ‘This Week in Virology’ (TWiV) and ‘This Week in Parasitism’ (TWiP), Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.

Joyful Microbe

  • Publisher: Justine Dees, PhD
  • Total Episodes: 7

All about the microbes we encounter in our daily lives (with or without realizing it). The Joyful Microbe podcast helps you see how bacteria, fungi, viruses, archaea, and protozoa live everywhere around us and constantly impact our lives. Host Justine Dees, PhD talks to microbiology experts of all kinds to share the amazing variety of these fascinating microorganisms. Usually, we think of infections, but microbiology is SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.

InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Podcast: Question Reviews for the USMLE, COMLEX, and Medical School

  • Publisher: InsideTheBoards
  • Total Episodes: 132

The InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Podcast: Question Dissections for the USMLE, COMLEX, and Medical School is a free, high-yield, on-the-go resource for medical students preparing for their board exams. With support from the likes of Osmosis, OnlineMedEd, Lecturio, MedSchoolCoach, Kaplan Medical and more, we’re covering all the high-yield topics you’re likely to see on a board exam. The Step 1 Study Smarter Series includes content covering biochemistry, behavioral sciences, cardiology, pharmacology, microbiology, renal and more. The Step 2 Study Smarter Series covers the core clerkships: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Ob/Gyn.

Grow Microbiology

  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Total Episodes: 36

An audio podcast series dedicated to the sharing of ideas, best practices, teaching tips, educational solutions, and other exciting topics in Microbiology.

For Whom the Cell Tolls: Biology, Cancer, and Other Stories About Life

  • Publisher: Keenan
  • Total Episodes: 21

Welcome to For Whom the Cell Tolls! This cast explores the fascinating stories that Biology offers through the eyes of a cancer scientist with teaching experience. Major themes to be explored include cancer, life/death, disease ecology, microbiology, and evolution, among others. This cast will integrate philosophy, culture, and the arts alongside lab and lecture experiences to weave the story of life as we know it. Enjoy! Instagram: forwhomthecelltolls [email protected]

Clinical Chemistry Podcast

  • Publisher: American Association for Clinical Chemistry
  • Total Episodes: 858

This free monthly podcast is offered by Clinical Chemistry. Clinical Chemistry is the leading forum for peer-reviewed, original research on innovative practices in today’s clinical laboratory. In addition to being the most cited journal in the field, Clinical Chemistry has the highest Impact Factor (7.292 in 2019) among journals of clinical chemistry, clinical (or anatomic) pathology, analytical chemistry, and the subspecialties, such as transfusion medicine and clinical microbiology.

Brews and Science

  • Publisher: Sheldon Hurst
  • Total Episodes: 1

Learn about different topics in Microbiology, the journey through grad school, and navigating corporate life post academics.

Editors in Conversation

  • Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
  • Total Episodes: 28

Editors in Conversation is the official podcast of the American Society for Microbiology Journals. Editors in Conversation features discussions between ASM Journals Editors, researchers and clinicians working on the most cutting edge issues in the microbial sciences. Topics include laboratory diagnosis and clinical treatment of infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, epidemiology of infections, multidrug-resistant organisms, pharmacology of antimicrobial agents, susceptibility testing, and more. The podcast is directed to microbiologists, infectious diseases clinicians, pharmacists and basic, clinical and translational researchers interested in the microbial sciences. A particular emphasis is on basic, epidemiological and pharmacological aspects of infectious diseases, including antimicrobial resistance and therapeutics.

COVID-19: Commonsense Conversations on the Coronavirus Pandemic

  • Publisher: Ars Longa Media
  • Total Episodes: 60

Covid-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, has created a global pandemic. This show aims to educate the public via interviews with leaders in healthcare, public health and policy. You’ll hear from former Kaiser CEO, host of the Fixing Healthcare podcast, and author of Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care and Why We’re Usually Wrong, Robert Pearl; critical care physician and frequent guest on The Doctors, “Dr. Raj” Dasgupta; Patrick C. Beeman, Ob/Gyn and founder of the medical education platform, InsideTheBoards; microbiology professor, Ken Rosenthal; and more.The host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University’s medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health

Medicine on Call with Dr. Elaina George

Dr Elaina George is Board certified Otolaryngologist who started Peachtree ENT Center with a mission to practice state of the art medicine that is available to everyone. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Biology. She received her Masters degree in Medical Microbiology at Long Island University, and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr George completed her residency at Manhattan, Eye Ear & Throat Hospital. Her training included general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, pediatric ENT at The NY-Presbyterian Hospital, and head and neck oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She has published in several scientific journals and presented her research at national meetings.

Micro binfie podcast

  • Publisher: Microbial Bioinformatics
  • Total Episodes: 59

Microbial Bioinformatics is a rapidly changing field marrying computer science and microbiology. Join us as we share some tips and tricks we’ve learnt over the years. If you’re student just getting to grips to the field, or someone who just wants to keep tabs on the latest and greatest – this podcast is for you. The hosts are Dr. Lee Katz from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US), Dr. Nabil-Fareed Alikhan and Dr. Andrew Page both from Quadram Institute Bioscience (UK) and bring together years of experience in microbial bioinformatics. The opinions expressed here are our own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Centres for Disease Control and Prevention or Quadram Institute Bioscience. Intro music : Werq – Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Outro music : Scheming Weasel (faster version) – Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Question and comments? [email protected]

This Pathological Life Podcast

  • Publisher: Clinpath Pathology
  • Total Episodes: 38

This Pathological Life Every disease has its own story to tell – Dr Travis Brown The podcast series “This Pathological Life” brings to life the spectrum of general pathology topics by delving into each through the lens of historical aspects of disease, community impact of chronic illness, study or research threads, and topical areas of interest.  Podcast host Steve Davis is joined by our resident Pathologist Dr Travis Brown. Dr Travis Brown is a General Pathologist who enjoys working in the fields of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomical Pathology, and Haematology. Our podcast host Steve Davis, is a seasoned radio interviewer and podcaster. Aside from running his own marketing company, he is a public speaker, stand-up comedian and journalist. We’ll be sharing episodes such as ‘A pox on both your houses.’ – about small pox; ‘A pathological addiction’ and quite simply, What is pathology anyway?


  • Publisher: Dr. Dustin Edwards
  • Total Episodes: 10

To B from A in the most roundabout way. A mix of microbiology and history, this series connects different aspects of modern life and society to microbes, bacteria, viruses, and parasites through seemingly unconnected natural events, scientific discoveries, and human inventions.

Groundwater, Public Health, and Environment Podcast

  • Publisher: Brian Mailloux
  • Total Episodes: 8

I am a Professor at Barnard College. My expertise is groundwater microbiology with a focus on linking Arsenic and carbon sources. My podcasts enable me to talk to scientists from around the world about their work.


  • Publisher: ObiWanKenobi
  • Total Episodes: 2



  • Publisher: Maya
  • Total Episodes: 6

Exploring different aspects, issues and current events regarding everything in microbiology from the point of view of a high school senior.

Aquarium Myths and Secrets Revealed

  • Publisher: The Masked Aquarist
  • Total Episodes: 57

This show is about both fresh and salt water aquarium keeping. On this Podcast we will be busting some long held false and sometimes dangerous beliefs in the hobby as well as discussing hidden causes of common problems such as cloudy water, specific types of algae, and unexpected mass livestock deaths. We also will discuss advanced methods in simple language and in both technical as well as natural approaches. We will be sharing years of aquarium experiment findings, much of which includes hard numbers and info not common elsewhere in the hobby and also Introduce useful but often ignored sources of information such as Environmental Science, Water Treatment, Marine Biology, and Microbiology.

MicrobeWorld Video (audio only)

  • Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
  • Total Episodes: 100

A video podcast by the American Society for Microbiology that highlights the latest in microbiology, life science and biotechnology news. ASM is composed of over 42,000 scientists and health professionals with the mission to advance the microbial sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide. For information about ASM and MicrobeWorld, visit us online at www.microbeworld.org.

The Microbe Moment With The Microbigals

  • Publisher: microbigals.com
  • Total Episodes: 35

The Microbe Moment is science stories and news for the microbe enthused hosted by microbe lover, Tess Deyett, Ph.D. and pharmaceutical microbiologist Jon Mitchell. In this microbiology focused podcast, we will give you exciting stories, horrid histories, and the most up-to-date news all through a microbial lens. We will even interview our friends and heroes, diving into their own microbial journey. Tess, Ph.D. was changed forever with her first glimpse into the unseen world. At her first microbiology class, she was instantly hooked, love at first sight. She went on to receive a Ph.D. from the University of California Riverside in agricultural microbiology. Microbigal Jon has had many microbe moments throughout his 3 degrees in health care and microbiology. Currently working for a pharmaceutical company, he is fascinated by medical microbiology and using beneficial microbes to fight pathogens and disease. Together they aim to show the world everyone has a microbe moment, a unique moment where microbes changed each person’s life for the better. With a little background in the microbial world, anyone can find their microbe moment. Come discover yours!

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