September 6, 2012
The Bachelor of Technology Biotechnology laboratory received further upgrades this summer with the addition of approximately $100,000 worth of new equipment.
“There are really exciting new pieces of equipment that will make our students more competitive in the field,” says Dr. Faiez Alani, Biotechnology Program Chair. “Only a handful of schools in Canada that have a Biochemical Analyzer, for instance. Our students will definitely have an edge when they graduate.”
Included in the equipment is a Bioreactor (valued at about $35,000) which cultivates cells to produce antibiotics, vaccines, and organic acids. New also are a Biochemical Analyser and Biosafety Cabinet, as well as Fluorescent Microscope to view cells and cell components, DNA, and protein molecules that have been stained with fluorescents. “The networking capabilities of the Fluorescent Microscope make it a powerful teaching tool,” claims Dr. Alani.
The lab is already home to an advanced Gel Documentation System for image capturing, thermal cycler for using real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) to replicate DNA, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) system for the analysis of protein molecules, and a solid state bioreactor to cultivate microorganisms on a packed bed.
Upon graduation, students are ready to hit the ground running in the biotechnology industry (biofuel, food, and pharmaceutical industries) in roles that include research and development, production, quality control, or technical sales. Graduates may also specialize in areas such as bioinformatics, genetic and protein engineering, nanobiotechnology, and bioremediation, or apply forensic biology techniques in the field of criminal forensics.
Lindsay Bolan, Marketing and Communications Strategist, McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Program 905-525-9143 ext. 20221