MIC 292 From Discovery to Product: An Introduction to Biotechnology at the Industrial Level

1 unit
Section 002 - CRN 32557
Winter Quarters, Even Years (MONDAYS: 12:10-1 PM in LS 1022)


                            Novozymes Tour

Instructor of Record:  Judith A. Kjelstrom, PhD (microbiology)                                 
Director: UC Davis Biotechnology Program
jakjelstrom@ucdavis.edu                            
(530) 752-8228  

Lead Instructor: Debbi Yaver, PhD (microbiology), Director 
Director: Novozymes, Inc.
                                           

This course is designed to provide a unique opportunity to gain insight into basic and applied biotechnology at the industrial level. A tour of the research facilities will be arranged.  Lectures will be presented by senior   scientists   from   Novozymes,   Inc.   (http://www.novozymes.com)  in   Davis, California. Appropriate for graduate students in all areas of biology, engineering and agriculture, especially those in the Designated  Emphasis  in  Biotechnology  (DEB)  Program (deb.ucdavis.edu).


This course is an approved seminar elective for the DEB Graduate Program.

The format for the seminar series will consist of 9 lectures by research scientists from Novozymes Inc. on a wide variety of topics involving industrial enzymes and use biotechnology tools:

1.  Overview and scientific foundations of industrial enzymes (Kjelstrom/Yaver)
2.  Discovery of enzymes from nature and improvement of enzymes by protein engineering (Aubrey Jones, Scientist II)
3.  Bacillus Expression Hosts (Bill Widner, PhD, Staff Scientist)
4.  Fungal Expression Hosts and Yield Improvement (Sandy Merino, PhD, Senior Scientist II)
5.  Development of Bioprocessing Procedures (Audrey Diano, PhD, Group Leader)
6.  Enzymology & Application Chemistry of the Bioengineered Enzymes (Alex Berlin, PhD, Director)
7.  Phylogenomics and proteomics as discovery tools in bioenergy applications (Paul Harris, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist)
8.   Production of chemicals by microorganisms i.e. metabolic engineering (Steve Brown, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist)
9.  The Business of Enzyme Production & Future Developments (Debbie Yaver, PhD, Director)

Course requirements:
1.  Regular Attendance (no more than 2 unexcused absences).
2.  Complete Reading assignments before seminar, if given.
3.  Submit a 3-4 page typed report (single spaced; 11 point font): Summary and discussion of
the major concepts presented in each of the seminars by 5PM on Friday March 18, 2016 to Dr. Kjelstrom via email (jakjelstrom@ucdavis.edu).
4.  Grading will be Pass / No Pass   (Grads: S/U or NS; Undergrads: P/NP).  If you are an undergraduate, please check with advisor as to the suitability of this course for upper division credit.


MIC 292 Schedule from Winter 2016
Seminars are open to the public



12:10-1:00 PM
Room 1022, Life Sciences

Organizational Meeting:
Course Overview and Scientific Foundations of Industrial Enzymes (Kjelstrom/Yaver)

 

Jan 4, 2016

12:10- 1:00 PM

Discovery of enzymes from nature and improvement of enzymes by protein engineering
(Aubrey Jones, Scientist)

 
Jan 11, 2016

 

Holiday          No class

Jan 18, 2016

12:10- 1:00 PM

Bacillus Expression Hosts
( Bill Widner, PhD, Staff Scientist)

 

Jan 25, 2016

12:10- 1:00 PM

Fungal Expression Hosts and Yield Improvement
(Sandy Merino, PhD., Senior Scientist)

 

Feb 1, 2016

12:10- 1:00 PM

Development of Bioprocessing Procedures
(Audrey Diano, PhD, Group Leader)

 

Feb 8, 2016

 

Holiday          No class

 

Feb 15, 2016

12:10- 1:00 PM

Enzymology & Application Chemistry of Bioengineered Enzymes
(Alex Berlin, PhD, Director)

 

Feb 22, 2016

12:10- 1:00 PM

Phylogenomics and synthetic biology as discovery tools in bioenergy applications
(Paul Harris, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist)

 

Feb 29, 2016

12:10-1:00 PM
Evaluations due

Production of chemicals by microorganisms i.e. metabolic engineering
(Steve Brown, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist)

 

March 7, 2016

12:10-1:00 PM
 

The Business of Enzyme Production & Future Developments
(Debbie Yaver, PhD, Director)

March 14, 2016