Welcome to the E. coli Student Portal


Escherichia coli K-12 strain MG1655 has a fully sequenced genome. The genomic blueprint reveals insight into all metabolic and catabolic aspects of this leading model organism. It also provides a paradigm to understand other bacteria.

The E. coli Student Portal is learning and teaching site, which leads students in understanding the metabolic capabilities of E. coli by exploring the EcoCyc database.

The E. coli Student Portal provides:

  • student-oriented, educational materials for learning microbiology concepts
  • tutorials to understand and use EcoCyc
  • exercises to test understanding microbiology concepts

What is EcoCyc? EcoCyc is a scientific database for the bacterium Escherichia coli K-12 strain MG1655. It contains information regarding the genome, all genes, proteins, metabolites, metabolic pathways, and transcriptional regulators.

Enjoy the Student Portal at you own pace or launch into EcoCyc directly.



Authored by Robert Gunsalus and Imke Schröder
©The Escherichia coli Student Portal

This project acknowledges support from:
NIH Grant Award GM077678 to SRI International
Peter Karp and coworkers at EcoCyc.org
The UCLA Department of MIMG