University of Houston offers advanced biotechnology programs

Advances in knowledge of genetics and organic molecules have spurred growth in the field of biotechnology, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, overall employment of professionals in this industry is projected to grow by 21 percent over the next several years.

Those who wish to launch careers in this field may want to consider enrolling at the University of Houston (UH) in Texas, as its Center for Life Sciences Technology (CLiST) in the College of Technology is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Texas Workforce Commission and the Office of the Governor.

In fact, collaborations with companies in the industry have resulted in curricula with a theme, according to UH. Students are researching a soil bacterium that encodes a pesticide-degrading gene, thus placing an emphasis on environmental biotechnology.

"This approach will take the students right from the process of scientific discovery to its applications in biotechnology" said Dr. Rupa Iyer, principle investigator of the two major grants funding the program's inception and director of biotechnology programs. "To my knowledge, no other institution in Texas has done this at an undergraduate level."

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