BIO 5501 provides a comprehensive introduction to current approaches to the analysis of biomolecules, with a special focus on proteins and nucleic acids giving the students a background on the basic principles of key analytic biotechnologies, and how these technologies allow sensitive and accurate detection, purification, and characterization of biomolecules.
New technologies that detect, purify, synthesize and sequence DNA and RNA are providing new insight on the structure, function, and evolution of genes and genomes. The accelerating 'big bang' of nucleic acid sequence data reflects major recent advances in nucleic acid sequencing and sequence analysis. Nucleic Acid Technologies is designed to provide information on the technologies by which RNA and DNA can be isolated, analyzed and manipulated to gain insight on gene function and to enable new biotechnological applications.
This course is designed to provide practical, hands-on experience with human cell culture techniques, in vitro manipulation of genes and proteins, and data analysis that are fundamental to many areas of biotechnology.
The rapid growth of biotechnological applications and commercialization of these products has resulted in seemingly retroactive regulations and policies to govern the safe use of these technologies. This course will provide awareness and an ethical framework to the future leaders of the Biotech sector who are in the Professional Science Master's program.
Microbial Biotechnology is a graduate student level course that provides an overview of how microbes are manipulated to solve practical problems through biotechnology.
Biotechnology plays a central role in environmental science and engineering, including wastewater treatment, pathogen control, and biodegradation. The objective of the course is to provide environmental engineers and scientists with advanced concepts and quantitative tools that are necessary for understanding environmental processes and designing environmental protection systems.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the major areas of microbial biotechnology including wine production, utilization of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and wastewater treatment.
The goal of this course is to accelerate professional development through intentional action. The progress of one's career path is determined by the choice of the professional 'profile' one maintains at the workplace and online. To that end, this graduate class requires that students Develop a Professional Profile and attend the Professional Development Workshop, Write a White paper which demonstrates analytical and technical writing skills on any topic. The White Paper should be proposing a change in an area of biotechnology or in the workplace where a lack of efficiency (in a process) or gap in knowledge (in research) exists; Organize and host a seminar in the Department of Biology, by inviting established leaders in the field.
The capstone research experience is designed to provide hands on training and additional intellectual development to prepare students for practical problem solving and project leadership after graduation. This could involve training in bench research, bioethics research, environmental research, bioinformatics research, project on Regulatory Affairs or other areas that students choose as an area they would like to pursue in the field of Biotechnology. It is meant to integrate what was learned in the core classes with practical experience in addressing real world problems.
This course is designed to survey current issues in technologies including therapeutics and diagnostics, and to examine consequences of developments in this area. The course is designed in a Problem Based Learning format, where students research critical areas and provide oral and written reports for other members in the class. The course is organized by topics including Concepts in Genetics, Cloning and Ethics, Gene Therapy, Prenatal Diagnosis, Gene Therapy for Cancer, Cell Replacement Therapy, Genomics and Proteomics, Vaccines, Forensics, Plant Biotechnology, and Instrumentation. At the end of the course, each student makes a formal presentation on a specific advance in biotechnology.