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Medical and Industrial Biotechnology


The Medical and Industrial Biotechnology (MIB) Specialization prepares students from engineering and life sciences for careers in biotechnology industries including manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, tissue culture, agricultural products, and new food and energy sources. The core of the specialization comprises two courses -- Bioprocess Engineering (CHEME 5430) and Systems Biology in Biotechnology and Medicine (CHEME 5440) -- and an M.Eng. independent project that will involve important laboratory methods in biotechnology, including recombinant DNA and cloning, cell culture, protein production, small and large-scale separations, and bioreactor design and operation.

Faculty involved and related projects:

Prof. C.C. Chu

Prof. Matthew DeLisa's lab engineers the protein machinery of simple bacteria for solving complex problems in biology and medicine. They focus on the molecular machines of protein biosynthesis as both a target for understanding and reprogramming cellular function and as a toolbox for the creation of therapeutically and industrially relevant molecules.

Prof. Emmanuel Giannelis 

Prof. Richard Gillilan 

Prof. Fengqi You's research on advanced computational models, optimization algorithms, statistical machine learning methods, and systems analysis tools for practically important and fundamental problems on process manufacturing, data science, smart agriculture, energy systems, and sustainability. The research work at Process-Energy-Environmental Systems Engineering (PEESE) lab provides a balance between theory, computation and real world applications.

This example curriculum satisfies the chemical engineering M.Eng. requirements and the specialization requirements.

Fall Spring
CHEME 5430 Bioprocess Engineering 3   MIB Elective1
  MIB Elective1 3 CHEME 5650 MIB Design Project4
(1-9 Variable)
CHEME 4010 Molecular Principles of Biomedical Engineering2 3 CHEME 4020 Cellular Principles of Biomedical Engineering2 3
CHEME xxxx
Elective 3      
  Elective 3      
CHEME 5990 Medical and Industrial Biotechnology Seminar3 1 CHEME 5990 Medical and Industrial Biotechnology Seminar3 1
    16     14

1the MIB elective should be chosen from the list below;

2students who have taken CHE 4010 and/or 4020 or the equivalent(s) can substitute electives for these classes;

3the seminars are self-directed sets of 10 lectures each semester from various biotechnology and biology seminar series on campus.

4The 7-credit M.Eng. project in the spring semester will apply methods and techniques in biotechnology to an independent project. Potential projects will be discussed and researched in the fall semester under the auspices of CHEME xxx (Bioengineering Logic and Design). The result of this 2-credit course will be a prospectus containing a problem statement, significance, plan, and timeline for proposed project.

Students in this specialization are not required to satisfy the Environmental and Societal Impact and business practices knowledge requirements described on page 3.

MIB Electives:

Bioengineering Electives:

  • AEP 4700 Biophysical Methods (also BME 5700) (fall) 3 credits
  • BME 6670 Nanobiotechnology (fall) 3 credits
  • BEE 7600 Nucleic Acid Engineering (spring) 2 credits
  • BEE 3600 Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (also BME 3600) (spring) 3 credits
  • CEE 4510 Microbiology for Environmental Engineering (fall) 3 credits

Biological Sciences Electives:

  • BIOAP 4580 Mammalian Physiology (spring) 3 credits
  • BIOAP 3160 Cellular Physiology (spring) 3 credits
  • BIOMG 3300 Principles of Biochemistry, Individualized Instruction (fall and spring) 4 credits
  • BIOMG 3340 Computer Graphics and Molecular Biology (fall and spring) 1 credit
  • BIOMG 4320 Survey of Cell Biology (spring) 3 credits
  • BIOMG 4380 The RNA World (spring) 3 credits
  • BIOMG 6310 Protein Structure and Function (fall) 3 credits 
  • BIOMG 6330 Biosynthesis of Macromolecules (fall) 2 credits
  • BIOMG 6360 Functional Organization of Eukaryotic Cells (spring) 3 credits
  • BIOMI 3940 Applied and Food Microbiology (also FDSC 3940) (fall) 3 credits
  • BIOMI 3970 Environmental Microbiology: Evolution, Biogeochemistry, Microbial Ecology (spring) 3 credits
  • BIOMI 4160 Bacterial Physiology (spring) 3 credits
  • BIOMI 4850 Bacterial Genetics (fall) 2-3 credits (variable)
  • BIOMI 6901 Prokaryotic Biology: Microbial Structure and Function (fall) 1 credit
  • BIOMI 6902 Prokaryotic Biology: Environmental Microbiology (fall) 1 credit
  • BIOMI 6903 Prokaryotic Biology: Microbial Physiology/Diversity (fall) 1 credit
  • BIOMI 6904 Prokaryotic Biology: Bacterial Genetics (spring) 1 credit
  • BIOMI 6905 Prokaryotic Biology: Bacterial Pathogenesis (spring) 1 credit 
  • PLBIO 3420 Plant Physiology (spring) 3 credits
  • PLBIO 3430 Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering of Plants (spring) 2 credits
  • PLBIO 3800 Strategies and Methods in Drug Discovery (spring) 2 credits
  • PLBIO 4440 Plant Cell Biology (spring) 4 credits
  • PLBIO 4620 Plant Biochemistry (fall) 3 credits
  • PLBRG 4826 Genetically Engineered Crops: Products, Policies and People (spring) 1 credit
  • CHEM 4500 Principles of Chemical Biology (fall) 3 credits