Molecular Biosensing and Biorobotics

at ITMO University

Degree :
Subject area:
 Engineering and technical sciences
 19.00.00 Industry technology and biotechnology
 Saint Petersburg , Russia
 2 years
Study type:
 Full time
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 School of Biotechnology and Cryogenic Systems
Tuition fees per year:
 USD 4000
197101, 49 Kronverksky Pr., St. Petersburg, Russia

School of Biotechnology and Cryogenic Systems

Course Summary

The program focuses on modern aspects of chemistry and biochemistry of nucleic acids and nucleic acids’ binding proteins. Special emphasis is made on gene engineering of functional oligonucleotides, research of DNA-based molecular logic gates that can be used in the first DNA-based computer processor and developing new hybridization probes for real-time analysis of specific DNA and RNA sequences.

The program uniquely combines state-of-the-art computational and practical aspects of material sciences, nanotechnology, molecular biology and biochemistry. It effectively bridges material sciences and information technologies, both being key research areas of ITMO University.

The Program

  • Covers such important practical issues as highly selective molecular diagnostics technologies of human genetic and infectious diseases based on engineering of functional nanodevices.
  • Focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to nanomaterial engineering and gene engineering for sustainability. The program involves a wide range of courses delivered by leading scientists affiliated with the research center on such subjects as molecular biology; biotechnology; genetic engineering, biochemistry; nanotechnology; inorganic chemistry & materials science; sol-gel chemistry, etc.
  • Offers an individual approach to unleash the potential and talents of the students
  • Provides access to modern research facilities of the center such as: equipment for advanced materials synthesis, bioengineering equipment, electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, as well as infrastructure for computational analysis.
  • Creates an opportunity for students to carry out research on hot topics related to key societal problems of today in collaboration with ambitious research teams affiliated with the research center.

Content of the Program

1st Semester

  • Management of Scientific Research - 3 credits
  • Molecular Biology - 6 credits
  • Research Methods - 6 credits
  • Advanced Biochemistry - 6 credits
  • Research Work - 9 credits

2nd Semester

  • Molecular Biorobotics - 6 credits
  • Bioinformatics - 6 credits
  • Scientific English - 6 credits
  • Molecular Biomedicine - 6 credits
  • Research Work - 6 credits

3rd Semester

  • Advanced Materials for Biomedical Applications - 6 credits
  • Basics of Genetic Engineering - 6 credits
  • Medical Chemistry - 3 credits
  • Research Work - 15 credits

4th Semester

  • Research Work - 18 credits
  • Pre-diploma Research Work - 6 credits

Diploma work - 6 credits

Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering or related field with excellent/good grades. Upper-intermediate level of English.

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