Biotechnology, MS

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Biotechnology is a swiftly growing industry. From the food grown at our farms to the medicine we buy and the ways we clean up the environment, biotechnology affects many facets of our daily lives. Major developments in the field occur every day, with many introduced by academic and professional communities before the greater public is even aware of industry advancements.

At the School of Engineering, you’ll join in these exciting discoveries. Course topics range from industrial application of enzymes and bio-polymer synthesis to modern drug design and the role of biotechnology in health care. The availability of various and varied electives enables you to specialize in selected biotechnology areas. The program also includes a guided study to develop analytical skills.

Other electives are available for both programs. For further details please visit Biotechnolgy, MS curriculum below and the Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship, MS curriculum.

With advisor’s permission students can take courses at other Schools of NYU

Curriculum

The 30-credit curriculum of the Biotechnology, MS program consists of 3 parts:

  1. 5 required courses in biotechnology, protein and tissue engineering, enzyme catalysis, and biosensors (15 credits)
  2. 3 elective courses in biotechnology and related fields (9 credits)
  3. 2 more elective courses or Guided Studies in Biotechnology, involving laboratory or literature work (6 credits)

To meet graduation requirements, students must attain an overall GPA of 3.0 (average of a B) in all their courses.


3 Credits Biotechnology and the Pharmaceutical Industry BT-GY6013
The course offers an in-depth look at the modern process of drug development, from the early stage of target identification and generation of lead compounds to modern methods of drug delivery and the role of biotechnology in this complex process. All the key aspects, including preclinical development, clinical trials and regulatory requirements, are covered with considerable contributions from pharmaceutical professionals. Real-life case studies are presented to illustrate critical points in the development process. Major classes of biotech drugs are discussed. Many course lectures are delivered by scientists from the major U.S. pharmaceutical companies.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Biotechnology and Health Care BT-GY6023
Biotechnology’s contribution to modern health care stretches far beyond developing new therapeutic entities. This course provides an overview of key cutting-edge technologies such as stem-cell research and therapeutic cloning and demonstrates how their applications change “the conventional” in terms of availability of new treatments, monitoring services and diagnostics. The course also covers the Human Genome Project and its implications for health care and epigenetic modifications of the genome and their role in disease. The course also highlights the role of biotechnology in managing a number of sociologically high-impact diseases in developed and developing countries.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Biosensors and Biochips BT-GY6033
Biosensors and biochips are two of the most exciting, complex and fast-growing areas of biotechnology today—the interface between biotechnology, nanotechnology and micro-electronics industries. The course covers both conventional biosensors based on whole cells, nucleic acids, antibodies and enzymes (e.g., enzymatic glucose monitoring) as well as new and emerging technologies related to designing, fabricating and applying multi-array biochips and micro-fluidic systems (lab-on-the-chip). The course goal is to familiarize students with basic principles of biosensors design and applications. The course also covers practical applications of this technology in health care, medical diagnostics, defense and other areas.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Biocatalysis in Industry BT-GY6043
The course focuses on the commercial use of biological catalysts across various industry segments, including pharmaceuticals, health care, fine chemicals and food. The course combines a broad overview of cutting-edge technologies with industrial insights into the economics of bio-processing. The course also covers emerging biomaterials trends. Case studies are presented to facilitate analysis, formulate trends and underline major challenges.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.

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3 Credits Protein Engineering BT-GY9433
This course introduces modern protein-engineering techniques available to researchers to understand protein structure and function and to create entirely new proteins for many purposes. This new field lies at the interface of chemistry, biology and engineering. The first section discusses protein composition and structure, and various genetic, biochemical and chemical techniques required to engineer proteins, followed by specific topics. Topics include designing highly structured proteins that are active at high temperatures and in non-aqueous solvents; that interact selectively with other proteins, small molecules and nucleic acids for therapeutic purposes; and that catalyze new reactions.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Biomedical Materials & Devices for Human Body Repair BT-GY6093
The main objective of this multidisciplinary course is to provide students with a broad survey of currently used biomaterials and their use in medical devices for reconstructing or replacing injured, diseased, or aged human tissues and organs. Topics include a broad introduction to the materials used in medicine and their chemical, physical, and biological properties, basic mechanisms of wound healing and materials-tissue interactions.
Advisor/Instructor Permission Required


You must take from 3 to 5 courses from the list shown:

3 Credits Introduction to Neuroscience for Biotechnologists BT-GY6053
The understanding of brain function represents a unique challenge by virtue of the tremendous complexity of neural circuits and their role in controlling behavior. This course is designed to provide graduate students with a comprehensive introduction to the basic mechanisms of brain function. It covers the basic mechanisms of neuronal excitability, how neuronal function is connected to cellular structures, how neurons act as elements of networks and how malfunctions lead to mental and neurological disorders. The goal is to provide graduate students a foundation of knowledge which will guide them in their decision to enter and navigate the vast field of neurobiology.
Advisor/Instructor Permission Required
3 Credits Immunology: Concepts, Mechanisms and Applications in Biotechnology BT-GY6063
The purpose of this course is to develop a general understanding of the established biochemical, molecular, cellular, and organ-level principles that govern the workings of the mammalian immune system, and to prepare the student for immunological research in the academic, government, or industrial laboratory. Topics covered include cells of the immune system and their development, pattern recognition receptors and innate immunity, molecular mechanisms of antigen processing and presentation, long distance communication and immune cells’ migration, homing, and trafficking. Applications in Biotechnology and autoimmune diseases and the use of immunotherapy in industry will also be discussed.
Advisor/Instructor Permission Required
3 Credits Genetic Engineering BT-GY6073 With Labs
Genetic engineering underpins practically every aspect of modern biotechnology. This course aims at familiarizing students with the current methods of DNA manipulation and practical applications of recombinant DNA technology, including the use of vectors, construction of libraries, PCR, restriction digests, mapping, and cloning. The class includes lectures as well as a semester-long 3h/week lab.
Advisor/Instructor Permission Required
3 Credits Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology BT-GY6083 With Labs
The course aims to advance students' knowledge in key areas of cell and molecular biology. Topics covered included cell-cell communications, organization of the cytoskeleton, mechanisms of cell signaling and signal transduction, chromatin organization and structure and genome regulation, maintenance and repair. The lab component of the class is designed to provide students with advanced bench-top skills used in modern cell and molecular biology experimentation.
Advisor/Instructor Permission Required
3 Credits Biomedical Materials & Devices for Human Body Repair BT-GY6093
The main objective of this multidisciplinary course is to provide students with a broad survey of currently used biomaterials and their use in medical devices for reconstructing or replacing injured, diseased, or aged human tissues and organs. Topics include a broad introduction to the materials used in medicine and their chemical, physical, and biological properties, basic mechanisms of wound healing and materials-tissue interactions.
Advisor/Instructor Permission Required
BE-GY6703 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Bioanalytical Chemistry CM-GY8213
This course covers exciting new analytical methods in biochemistry and biotechnology, including atomic force microscopy, capillary electrophoresis, surface plasmon resonance and microarrays. The course is based directly on current scientific literature.
Prerequisite: CM-GY 9413 or adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Biochemistry II CM-GY9423
This course covers membrane structure and function and energy production, transformation and utilization. Also covered are the regulation of biochemical systems; the replication, transcription and translation of DNA; mutagenesis and carcinogenesis; and the Immune system.
Prerequisite: undergraduate biochemistry or adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Introduction to Technical Communication JW-GY6003
This course is an overview of the research, writing, editing and design principles of technical communication. Particular attention is paid to writing for new media. Students learn to gather, organize and present information effectively, according to audience and purpose. Interviewing skills, technical presentation skills and writing for the Web are covered.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Special Topics in Biotechnology BT-GY7013
Special topics include a number of courses, such as Advanced Cell Biology and Advanced Molecular Biology (lectures only or lectures and labs).
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.
1.5 Credits Introduction to Drug Delivery BE-GY6601
This course introduces drug-delivery science focusing on the historical development of delivery methods, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug-delivery systems, routes of administration, devices for drug delivery and, briefly, on various targeting methods and delivery of gene- and protein-based therapeutics.
Prerequisite: BTE-GY 6013 Biotechnology and the Pharmaceutical Industry or adviser’s approval.
1.5 Credits Introduction to Managing Intellectual Property MG-GY7871
This course focuses on the role of intellectual property (e.g., patents, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, etc.) as a major element in modern technology and information strategy. Relevant concepts and case studies use examples of classical and digital innovations.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
1.5 Credits Special Topics in Biotechnology BT-GY7011
Special Topics include several courses, such as Advanced Cell Biology and Advanced Molecular Biology (lectures only or lectures and labs).
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.


You may take up to 2 guided studies courses (1 per semester), which involve laboratory or literature work, as arranged with your adviser:

BT-GY8713 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Guided Studies in Biotechnology II BT-GY8723
Special project (experimental, theoretical, computational, or literature search).
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.

Subject to advisor’s approval students can also take an elective course and/or do research at other Schools of NYU. Typically, Biotechnology students choose NYU School of Medicine.


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Biotechnology, MS Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship, MS
The program aims to advance students’ knowledge beyond the BS level and equip them with the skills needed in the rapidly evolving environment of life sciences-based industries. Suitable for students who plan to pursue careers in industrial and/or academic research. The program is designed to provide students with a broad coverage of key areas of modern biotechnology and a basic understanding of business and finance issues. Suitable for students who are interested in early stage technology companies and/or aspire to start their own business.

 


  Biotechnology, MS Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship, MS
Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry Required Required
Biotechnology and Health Care Required Required
Biosensors and Biochips Required Required
Biomedical Materials and Devices Elective Elective
Protein Engineering Required Elective
Tissue Engineering Elective Elective
Biocatalysis in Industry Required Required
Neuroscience Elective Elective
Immunology: Concepts, Mechanisms and Applications Elective Elective
Genetic Engineering (with labs) Elective Elective
Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology (with labs) Elective Elective
Biomedical Materials and Devices Elective Elective
Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation Not offered Required
Managing IP Property and Intellectual Capital Elective Required
Introduction to Technical Writing Elective Elective
A Guided Study or Project in Biotechnology Elective Elective