Division of Infectious Diseases, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center 
Leading Patient Care, Training & Research

Excellence Mission:

  • Quality Patient Care
  • Training & Education
  • Leading Research
  • Community Service


Microbe Invader is a product of Harbor-UCLA Internal Medicine Graduate Li Tao, MD and an exciting diversion after a hard days work. Artwork by Victoria Yeh, MD, another Harbor-UCLA Internal Medicine Graduate.

You can access Microbe Invader here

A brief overview of this ID-oriented game:

Microbe Invader is a role-playing game designed to teach clinical microbiology!

You're a med student treating infectious diseases in the hospital and in the community!  As the one carrying the ID pager, your task is to:

  - Diagnose patients by ordering lab tests and matching the symptoms and history to bacteria that fit the presentation
  - Treat patients with appropriate antibiotics for that bacteria.  Watch out for side effects and antibiotic resistance!
  - Explore the community and eradicate the infectious diseases lurking in expected places!  You can get sick yourself by eating tainted food, hanging around too close to animals, stepping on rusty nails, etc.
As you encounter, diagnose, and treat more pathogens, you collect badges.  Maybe you can get them all?  (the BADGES, not the diseases!)
  - 89 different pathogens, each with their own attacks!  These include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites!
  - 43 different antibiotics! (and antifungals/antivirals)  Find them in supply rooms around the hospital, or buy them yourself at the pharmacy.  Currently they don't distinguish between IV and oral types, but that might change...
  - Automatically written electronic medical records - No need to type progress notes, they will magically be written for you after you see and treat patients!  Auto-log your patients, diseases, and pathogens seen.  If only real life were this easy...
  - You can save your game by accessing the medical records screen (lower left button) under the Save tab.  You can save directly to browser data, or to a file on your hard drive.
  - Randomly generated patients and townspeople!  As you play you might start seeing the same patients and get to participate in continuity of care!
  - See patients in different settings like the hospital, outpatient clinic, or during house calls.  You can also explore the wilderness where more exotic diseases lurk.
  - Eat delicious (virtual) foods like custard, rare steak, raw seafood...

 Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is an active and integral training campus of the broader    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Join us as we meet the challenges of infectious diseases in the 21st century