BIOLCHEM 504 - Cellular Biotechnology
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Biological Chemistry (BIOLCHEM)
Department: MED Biological Chemistry
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Course overview/description: Biotechnology is a rapidly evolving and highly multi-disciplinary field that impacts nearly every aspect of our daily lives from the food we eat to the medicine we take. This one-semester, 3- credit course provides an overview and integration of several disparate disciplines that together define the field of cellular biotechnology. Topics this year will include: (1) commercialization strategies and technology evaluation, (2) microtechnologies, (3) fluorescence and FRET, (4) DNA repair and control of gene expression, (5), protein engineering, (6) translational control mechanisms and assay development, (7) stem cells, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine, (8) gene editing technologies, (9) immune-bioengineering, and (10) drug delivery, and (11) regulatory affairs. Emphasis will be placed not only on the basic scientific and engineering principles behind the growing field of biotechnology, but also on the entrepreneurial aspects of translating innovative solutions into new commercial products. This course is cross-listed with the Departments of Anatomy; Biological Chemistry; Microbiology & Immunology; and Biomedical Engineering.

Course Requirements:

Grading criteria: Student performance will be evaluated in three ways:

  1. Homework: Brief homework assignments (4) based on lecture content and supplemental readings will be given out throughout the semester. 25% of the grade
  2. Class Participation: Attendance, questions asked, and comments made in class will be tallied by the instructor. 25% of the grade
  3. Projects: The main assignment of this course is a team-based project consisting of formulating, writing, and presenting an innovative biotechnological solution to a problem that is related to, or incorporates, some of the topics discussed in class.

Students will be assigned to small groups (-5/group). Proposals must be cross-disciplinary in approach, include both business motivation and overview as well as scientific innovation in an NIH SBIR format. Various milestones will be met through the term to keep groups on track (more details forthcoming). 50% of the final grade


BIOLCHEM 504 - Cellular Biotechnology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 12:00PM - 1:30PM
002 (LEC)
MW 12:00PM - 1:30PM

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