BCMB 612 : Applications of Biotechnology


Biotechnology deals with the application of living organisms, biological systems and processes or their derivatives to manufacture or modify a product and to render a service. The course combines knowledge from Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology and links up with specialized areas in Chemical Engineering, which is Biochemical/Bioprocess Engineering. The advances in DNA recombinant techniques as well as the sequencing of the Human genome and that of several other organisms have lead to the expansion of opportunities in biotechnology. The course will expose students to the advantage of bioprocesses over the traditional methods of manufacturing such low energy demand and limited environmental impact.