Research Areas

This program brings together more than 13 staff members with diverse research interests and is designed to provide a broad education leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology. Program research areas include, but are not limited to the following:

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Animal Cell Culture Biotechnology
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  • Bioprocess Development in animal cell culture with the goals to optimize production processes of bio-products
  • Virus-like particle (VLP) production using Baculovirus and insect cells
  • Design and development of vaccines against animals’infectious diseases
  • Bioprocess technology of animal cell culture for production of high value products

Algal Biotechnology

  • Mass cultivation of microalgae: physiology, harvesting and collection
  • High value products (e.g. biomass, phycocyanin, lipid, polysaccharides): Extraction and Scale up
  • Molecular Biology
  • Omics analyses, Bioinformatics, Transcriptomic, Proteomics and Metabolomics

BICEP (Bioactive compound & Efficient platform)

  • Bioactive compound discovery/ design/ mechanisms
  • Systems Biology of Photosynthesis
  • Efficient platform: Computational tools & Bio-Improvement

Sensor Technology
Nanotechnology Program
Freak Lab

  • Nucleic acid/ immuno based sensing and diagnostics
  • Structural and functional nucleic acid in nanobiotechnology
  • Noninvasive and personalized healthcare sensors biodigital and ubiquitous computing

Fungal Biotechnology

  • Systems Biotechnology for improvement of yeast and fungal strains for production of high-value compounds
  • Molecular characterization of fungal polyketide synthase for the production of biomaterials and bioactive compounds
  • Physiological regulation of essential fatty acid production in fungi
  • Lipidomics study of single-cell-oil producers

Remediation Lab

  • Phytoremediation/bioremediation of water, air, soil pollutants
  • Recovery of electronic waste by bioleaching
  • Adsorption of gaseous pollutants by modified activated carbon/agricultural waste
  • Improve crop productivity by biochars, clays, microorganisms

Excellent Center of Waste Utilization and Management (ECoWaste)

  • Microbiological and Biochemical Aspect: Basic knowledge of microbiological and biochemical mechanisms of anaerobic digestion (AD), modified high effective AD microbes, development of novel microbial techniques to quantify and qualify AD microbes using molecular approaches.
  • Reactor and Process Development: Anaerobic reactor design and development with high efficiency along with biogas purification.
  • Computational Aids and Process Optimization: Mathematical models to predict biochemical pathway and hydrodynamic mechanisms in AD to control its treatment efficiency, development on-line measurement for the control of the biogas reactor.
  • Environmental Research and Management: Water and energy audit for increasing efficiency and optimize the utilization of natural resources, water, and energy in the tapioca starch industry to a near-zero discharge starch factory, with the aim of determining the capacity and limitations of production