Biotechnology

INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Johanna C. vanderSpek – Dept. Head
Dr. Andrea Pereira – Instructor
Dr. Hiroko Kaczmarek – Instructor

WHAT IS BIOTECHNOLOGY?

Biotechnology is the study and use of components from living organisms to solve problems, treat disorders, improve food sources and clean the environment.   Biotechnology companies produce commercial products such as pharmaceuticals, alternative fuel sources, biodegradable plastics, crop seeds and clinical assay kits.

WHAT IS OUR GOAL?

The goal of the biotechnology program is to prepare students academically and technically to meet the challenges of a global society. Biotechnology is a rigorous program requiring a strong interest in science and good eight grade math skills.  Students receive education in scientific theory as well as technical training in a broad range of skills used in industry and academic research. Experience in current biotechnology techniques is provided with commonly used equipment and techniques. The ethical implications of biotechnology are also studied from a non-biased perspective. The skill sets acquired by the students will help them in the workplace as well as in post-secondary education.

INTERNSHIPS

The biotechnology students have interned at more than twenty-five sites, including research, clinical, animal and forensics facilities.  These sites are located at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Histologistics, Biomedical Research Models, Advanced Clinical Care and the Worcester Police Department.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

The Advisory Board assists with curriculum design, internships, lectures, the college application process and field trips.  The Advisory Board members are from area colleges, biotechnology – related industries and UMMS.  Students and parents of students are also on the board.

COLLEGE

Biotechnology students go to college and many receive scholarships. The opportunity also exists for students to attend Quinsigamond Community College or Mount Wachusett Community College.  Both have biotechnology programs from which the student may transition to four-year colleges. The students in our program are prepared for studies in biotechnology, forensics, pharmacology, microbiology, biology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, histology, cell biology, and other life sciences.

EDUCATION AND SALARY

There are many job opportunities in the biotechnology field.  The majority of the biotechnology students plan to attend college.  Many are interested in careers in the medical field and some even plan to continue their educations through graduate/medical school.