Biotechnologists work in research and development and apply biological principles and engineering principles to solve problems in medicine. These professionals were part of the human genome project. Other examples include searching for DNA mutations that cause genetic diseases, such as sickle cell anemia or developing a substitute for blood for transfusions.
The biotechnology track curricula allow a student to transfer after two years of study to a bachelor’s degree program at a college or university. The “3 plus 1” program allows a student to complete a baccalaureate degree within 3 years by taking two additional courses prior to transfer to Thomas Jefferson University.
Why You Should Choose Manor
Manor College is the perfect starting place for someone interested in laboratory sciences careers. Upon graduation from Manor’s Allied Health Transfer program, the student is prepared to transfer for the clinical portion of the degree. Manor Colleges offers small lecture and laboratory sections for all science courses. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience in laboratory which will help them succeed after transferring to a baccalaureate program.
Biotechs may work in private industry, or in university or government laboratories. The equipment used includes different types of microscopes, i.e., electron microscopes, computers and high tech laboratory instruments. Some use laboratory animals or greenhouse plants in experiments. Students earning a Ph.D. are eligible to submit grant proposals and work on research independently.
Much of the basic biological research done in recent years has resulted in scientific advances, including the isolation and identification of new genes. Biological and medical scientists will be needed to take these advances to the next stage, which is the understanding of how certain genes function within an entire organism, so that gene therapies can be developed to treat diseases. Even pharmaceutical and other firms not solely engaged in biotechnology are expected to increasingly use biotechnology techniques. Beginning salary offers average in the 30-40s range.
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