Credits: 60 + 4–5 ECTS cr
Professor in charge: Sandip Bankar
Graduates from the Biotechnology major have a strong multidisciplinary knowledge of biotechnology and engineering and the ability to apply this knowledge in a research and business environment. The major gives an in-depth understanding of molecular level biological phenomena, their modeling and application. At the core of the teaching are biotechnologically important organisms and enzymes, their properties, as well as their applications in products and processes. Students acquire practical skills and the ability to use key methods of biotechnology, including genetic engineering and synthetic biology, and learn to apply these tools to the development of biotechnological processes.
The major Biotechnology applies knowledge in the fields of biotechnology, chemistry and process engineering.
After graduating from the major Biotechnology, the students have the competencies to:
- Select methods for the molecular-level control, regulation and modeling of metabolic pathways and enzymatic reactions, to optimize the performance and physiology of pro- and eukaryotic cells and systems.
- Apply methods for experimentation and analysis of the structure and function of biological macromolecules, genetic modification of pro- and eukaryotic cells, randomization, screening, and selection approaches.
- Implement engineering approaches at the cellular level for protein modifications, secretion, signaling and control of biochemical pathways in industrially important producer organisms leading to generation of commercially interesting compounds.
- Use rationale design for biocatalyst development to plan and perform in practice operations with biocatalysts and subsequent separation steps with various proteins, organisms and product types.
- Quantify and model cellular, enzymatic, unit operation and bioreactor performance in a process and suggest research questions for process developments and in the R&D and production chain including estimates on capital and operation expenditure and profitability.
- Apply conceptual and mathematical modelling of physical, chemical and biological phenomena in bioreactors, downstream operations and product recovery including analytics and economic feasibility studies.
- Design and select equipment for unit operations, large scale and process operations for the refining of biological raw materials to new value added products, including valorization of sidestreams.
- Design product development processes in line regulatory demands nationally and internationally and contribute to handling IPR matters, marketing authorization, product launch, within a framework of ethical guidelines and professional standards promoting problem solving and innovation for advancement of science and technology for a sustainable future bioeconomy.
Table 1. Common compulsory courses (4–5 cr)
|CHEM-E0100||Academic Learning Community||4–5||I–V / 1st|
Table 2. Compulsory courses (50 cr)
|CHEM-E3100||Biochemistry||5||I / 1st|
I / 1st
I / 1st
II / 1st
Bioprocess Technology II
II / 1st
III / 1st
II / 1st
III / 1st
IV–V / 1st
|CHEM-E3205||Bioprocess Optimization and Simulation||5||I / 2nd|
Table 3. Specialisation courses (10 cr)
|Concepts in Biochemistry||5||II–III / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E3225||Cell- and Tissue Engineering||5||V/ 1st|
|CHEM-E3170||Systems Biology*||5||IV–V / 1st or 2nd|
|Molecular Thermodynamics||5||II / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E8125||Synthetic Biology||5||IV–V / 1st|
* Course is offered even years