Mission

Professor Daniela Barile and student Tian Tian work together on her laptop computer in the lab.

Preparing Leaders in Biotechnology to Address Global Needs

The Biotechnology Program is an interdisciplinary research unit of the Office of Research that was established in 1986 to promote the development and use of science technologies to meet global challenges in healthcare, agriculture, and the environment.  We are the administrative home for the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB) Program, the NIH Training Grant in Biomolecular Technology, the Advanced Degree Program for Corporate Employees (ADP), the Teen Biotech Challenge (TBC), and many other programs.

Three key interrelated missions of the Biotechnology Program are:

  • to coordinate campus activities in interdisciplinary doctoral training across the life sciences and engineering;
  • to promote public-private workforce partnerships and off-campus collaborations with public agencies and research institutes, and
  • to act as technology brokers by facilitating public understanding of emerging technologies and maintaining open lines of communication with policy makers, industry, media, community groups, and regional secondary and post-secondary educators, while developing fact-based educational outreach materials for diverse audiences.
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