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Biotechnology/Molecular Sciences

Overview

Biotechnology is one of the region’s most exciting and fastest-growing industries. Marked by rapidly changing technologies, techniques, and applications, Biotechnology continues to evolve in as one of the most promising sectors in our nation’s economy.  This field is for those who would like to be part of a discovery team to find novel ways to diagnose and treat cancer, or who are interested in helping to pioneer gene- and stem-cell therapies to treat disease, or those who will create new approaches to combat world hunger through genetically modified  plants that are more nutritious or can grow in drought stricken climates?

Whether your interest lies in research and development, manufacturing, the environment, molecular diagnostics, forensic science, agri-biotech, the pharmaceutical industry, or furthering your education at in graduate or professional College, a degree in Biotechnology can help get you on your way.

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Biotechnology at Jefferson

As an academic health center in the middle of the biotechnology industries of Delaware valley, Jefferson provides students with outstanding opportunities that include research faculty whose specific expertise is in biotech and medicine as well as world-class biomedical research facilities of Thomas Jefferson University. Our students enjoy access to Kimmel Cancer Center, patient care divisions and a variety of research centers throughout the University and beyond.

Built on a solid foundation in biology and chemistry our innovative degree programs include studies in biotechnology, immunology, biochemistry, cell biology, genomics, and proteomics, and additional coursework in regulatory affairs. Upon graduation, you will be equipped to launch a career in life sciences or have a solid foundation for further education.

Gain classroom, laboratory and practical experience in five areas:

  • Recombinant DNA and related molecular biology techniques
  • Flow cytometry, digital imaging and bioinformatics
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Protein purification and characterization
  • Cell and tissue culture, including recombinant protein production
  • Practical internship experiences which are integrated in the curriculum

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Outcomes

The job placement rates are very high for biotech graduates, due to significant expansion of the biotechnology field in medical and commercial settings. Nearly 100% of our graduates are currently employed and/or attending graduate or professional College.

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Career Options

A Jefferson degree prepares students for jobs in academic, pharmaceutical, forensics or government laboratories; molecular diagnostics; quality control; bioprocessing; sales or marketing.  Graduates of our programs have used their degree’s as a stepping stone to careers in education, law or medicine.

Certification

National certification in a specialty area of laboratory practice is not only proof of knowledge and competence in a field; it demonstrates value-added expertise that employers seek today. Visit the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification for more information.

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