MBiotech Core Science

MBiotech Students in Lab

BTC1700HS - Molecular Biology Laboratory

This laboratory-based course introduces fundamental experimental techniques commonly used in biomedical research, and provides ‘hands-on’ experience working with nucleic acids and proteins over an intensive 6-week schedule. Students receive a practical overview of key protocols over the first week, and are provided with same-day, interactive technical demonstrations in a fully equipped ‘wet’ laboratory. This is followed by an extended research assignment in which students work in teams towards expressing and isolating a biomedically relevant, recombinant protein. Teams must design an appropriate research strategy, conduct experiments, collect and analyse data, and submit their product with a final report to meet a tight deadline. The course concludes with a final presentation seminar day.

BTC1710HS - Biomaterials & Protein Chemistry Theory

This course is designed to enable students to gain a more in-depth appreciation and understanding of the application of materials science and protein chemistry to the field of biotechnology. We delve into advanced drug delivery and therapeutic strategies, biofuels, biomaterials in medicine, and ethical and societal issues surrounding these applications.

BTC1720HS - Biomaterials & Protein Chemistry Lab 

This laboratory course is intended to provide students with hands-on experience with biotechnology applications involving proteins, peptides and biomaterials. The experience will focus on the use of advanced equipment and techniques, and will include experiments that overlap with biotechnology applications involving proteins, DNA and other biomaterials. This will be an intensive 5-week course, operating 5 days a week for 8 hours a day including morning lectures and afternoon labs. Students will complete most projects and experiments in teams. A significant component of this course involves a science intensive, business assessment where the students have an opportunity to apply what they have learned.

BTC1800HF - Biotechnology in Medicine

This course will introduce students to the development of a wide range of products categories.  While the focus will be on drugs, the course will also touch upon medical devices, digital health, big data in health, medical apps, biomarkers, medical marketing, treatment guidelines, screening tools and diagnostics.  Understanding clinical trial design and the regulatory pathway through the US FDA is a major focus of the course.  Reimbursement is introduced for both drugs and medical devices.  Each year, this course is usually able to negotiate some major project opportunities from teaching hospitals students can tackle, to expose them to the clinical world, an important target customer environment of pharmaceutical companies.

BTC1810HF - Biotechnology and Drug Manufacturing

This course introduces students to some of the key aspects of the biocommercialization process with special emphasis on the healthcare sector.  In particular, the course focuses on the fundamental role played by corporate entities in the development of new therapeutic drugs and diagnostic tools in a highly regulated business environment.  Topics covered include biologics development and manufacturing, Technology Transfer, Quality and Regulatory compliance, Medical Devices and Pandemic Response.  Students are assigned to work in teams to develop their business proposal and to present their case studies.  There will also be a written final exam.

BTC1820HS - Biotechnology in Agriculture and Natural Products

This course will focus on the exploration and understanding of biotechnology as applied to agriculture (including forestry and aquaculture), natural products and biocontrols. Various lecturers from academia and guests from industry and government will participate. Students will work in teams, and each team will present their assigned topics as an oral presentation(s) and a number of written team and individual assignments plus an exam will also be evaluated. In the agriculture area, lecture topics could include: traditional approaches to plant breeding, cultivar, and livestock improvement; genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the controversy surrounding them; genomics and its importance in agribiotechnology; nutriceuticals; plants and animals as bioreactors; and the cloning of animals and implications to agriculture. In the natural products/biocontrols area, topics could include: bioremediation of contaminated soils and ecosystems with microorganisms; use of natural and engineered products and organisms for pest control, and use of natural plant and animal products used for medicinal purposes.