Biotechnology

Major in Finnish: Biotekniikka

Code: CHEM3022
Extent: 60 cr + 4-5 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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Content and structure

For the major (60 cr + 4-5 cr) the students have to take:

  • 45 cr of the same compulsory studies for all students and additional specialisation studies of 15 cr which students need to select from a list of courses included.
  • Common compulsory course (4-5 cr)
  • Minor recommendation: Chemical and Process Engineering, Chemistry

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Figure 3. Structure of Biotechnology major

Table 4. Common compulsory courses (4-5 cr)

Code Name Credits Period/year
CHEM-E0100 Academic Learning Community 4-5 I-V / 1st

 

Table 5. Compulsory courses (45 cr)

Code Name Credits Period/year
CHEM-E3100 Biochemistry 5 I / 1st

CHEM-E3110

Biolab I

5

I / 1st

CHEM-E3120

Microbiology

5

I / 1st

CHEM-E3130

Biolab II

5

II / 1st

CHEM-E3140

Bioprocess Technology II

5

II / 1st

CHEM-E3150

Biophysical Chemistry

5

III / 1st

CHEM-E8120

Cell Biology

5

II / 1st

CHEM-E8115

Cell Factory

5

III / 1st

CHEM-E3160

Biolab III

5

IV-V / 1st

 

Table 6. Specialisation courses (15 cr)

Code Name Credits Period/year
CHEM-E3215 Advanced Biochemistry 5 II-III / 1st
CHEM-E3225 Cell- and Tissue Engineering 5 III-IV/ 1st
CHEM-E3170 Systems Biology 5 IV-V / 1st
CHEM-E8125 Synthetic Biology 5 IV-V / 1st
CHEM-E3205 Bioprocess Optimization and Simulation 5 I / 2nd

 

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