Engineering Principles in Biotechnology
This book is a short introduction to the engineering principles of harnessing the vast potential of microorganisms, and animal and plant cells in making biochemical products. It was written for scientists who have no background in engineering, and for engineers with minimal background in biology.
Engineers are eased into biochemical reactions and life scientists are exposed to the technology of production using cells. This book includes coverage of reactors, oxygen transfer and scale up, cell culture, and stem cells and synthetic biology. It also deals with product purification and then later chromatography, the modern workhorse of bioseparation.
Drawing on principles from engineering and life sciences, this book is for practitioners in biotechnology and bioengineering.
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In a tribute to Professor Arnold L. Demain, a current and former member of the group authored a review article in the special issue dedicated to Professor Demain. The article is one of the rare works comparing the bioprocess technologies of natural product synthesis and biologics manufacturing (JIMB, 44: 785-797) (DOI 10.1007/s10295-017-1913-4).
In early September the NIH Biotechnology Training Program held its first Alumni Symposium to celebrate the past, present, and future of the program. The NIH - BTP is among the largest of its kind nationally and has trained more than 140 PhD students over its 25 year history at the U of M. September’s symposium included seminar presentations from 8 alumni of the program, a ‘Careers in Biotechnology’ Q & A panel with an additional 6 alumni, and a poster session that showcased the research of current traineves. The symposium was a great success for the 100+ in attendance, with engaging science and career talks, plenty of opportunities for networking, and optimism for the future of the program. A big thanks to all who made it possible!