20597 Biological Aspects of Industrial Microorganisms

Credits: 3 advanced seminar credits in Life Sciences

Prerequisites: 36 credits in the Sciences, including General Biology I, General Biology II, Biochemistry I, Cell Structure and Function (single-semester format or year-long format), The World of Bacteria. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Recommended: Biochemistry II, Genetics 1

The course is based on a reader (in English) edited by Stefan Rokem.

The use of materials of biological origin in the technological era has become an integral part of our daily lives. Production of these materials is based on selecting and growing a wide spectrum of cells and requires knowledge in various fields. This course acquaints students with the diversity of producing cells, the selection processes, and with optimizing the production of compounds. The study of the nature of different cells and the potential uses of their products from an industrial viewpoint provides a view of varied research directions in the biological sciences.

Students are required to submit assignments and write a seminar paper at the end of the course.

1or the previous version of the course, From Mendelism to Genetic Engineering.