Microbiology Books

Microbiology is a fascinating subject .  Some of my favorite books during student life and life as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology.


1. Bailey & Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology

Recommendation: All level

Known as the #1 bench reference for practicing microbiologists and an excellent text for students in clinical laboratory science programs, Bailey & Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology, 13th Edition helps you develop and refine the skills you need for effective laboratory testing. In-depth information is useful and easily accessible, with step-by-step instructions for all the procedures. This edition features more than 20 NEW chapters plus updated material on the newest advances and the latest trends in clinical Read More

2. Koneman’s Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology

Recommendation for: All levels

Long considered the definitive work in its field, this new edition presents all the principles and practices readers need for a solid grounding in all aspects of clinical microbiology—bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and virology. Tests are presented according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (formerly NCCLS) format.

3. Microbiology Principles and Explorations by Jacquelyn G. Black

Recommendation for: Beginners, Undergraduate students.

Jacquelyn Black’s 8th Edition of Microbiology: Principles and Explorations builds upon the previous best-selling textbooks in this series with an enhanced introduction to the study of Microbiology in the same engaging writing style throughout the narrative.  The text is even more reader-friendly and focuses on microbiology, allied health, agriculture, and food sciences topics.

4. Topley and Wilson’s Microbiology and Microbial Infections

Recommended for: Advanced Readers (Graduate Students)

Since its first publication in 1929, Topley & Wilson’s Microbiology & Microbial Infections has grown from one to eight volumes, a reflection of the ever-increasing breadth and depth of knowledge in each of the areas covered. The tenth edition continues the tradition of providing the most comprehensive available reference on microorganisms and related infectious diseases.

The new edition of Topley & Wilson’s Microbiology & Microbial Infections is an essential addition to the bookshelves of medical microbiologists, immunologists, infectious disease specialists, and public health professionals, as well as being a standard reference for specialists within the pharmaceutical industry, trainees across the medical sub-specialties, and laboratory technicians.

5. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases (PPID)

Recommended for: Graduate Students, Infectious Disease Physicians

After thirty years, PPID is still the reference of choice for comprehensive, global guidance on diagnosing and treating the most challenging infectious diseases. Drs. Mandell, Bennett, and Dolin have substantially revised and meticulously updated, this new edition to save you time and to ensure you have the latest clinical and scientific knowledge at your fingertips.