The Engineering and Biological Sciences are exciting and rapidly developing subject areas. The study of living things has undergone tremendous expansion in recent years, and topics such as genetics, cell biology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology and ecology and bioengineering are advancing rapidly. This expansion has also been followed by an evolving difficulty to differentiate the disciplines as they are progressively merging together. For example, a biologist with an interest in bioengineering may well use many of the tools and techniques that are indispensable to a molecular geneticist.
The Department of Genetics and Bioengineering was established in the 2011/2012 academic year and quickly became a popular area of study. The educational program of the Department is based on three years for undergraduate, two years for MSc, and three years for PhD study curricula.
The faculty offers innovative Genetics and Bioengineering programs for both undergraduates and post-graduates with a balanced course load in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering and a special emphasis on high productivity and industrial applications. GBE offers students unparalleled access to experts in the fields of mechanical, electrical & electronics, biological, and computer science.
During the first year of the undergraduate program our students primarily focus on studying basic natural sciences such as physics, calculus, and biology. The second and third years are mainly composed of studying genetics and bioengineering courses, some of which are the technical elective courses, which aim to improve and narrow down the students' academic and professional skills according to their interests. The undergraduate curriculum at Burch is also composed of a mandatory Internship as well as final graduation project, both of which culminate in graduation. The MSc and PhD programs are composed of a combination of course work followed by independent research in the following year for MSc pursuits and the following two years for PhD pursuits. Both degrees culminate in the writing of a thesis and a final project defense.
All students have access to state of the art laboratories through their curriculum of studies. The facilities are composed of four laboratories, namely a broad Scientific Research Laboratory (used mainly for selected graduate-level experiments but some exceptional undergraduates conduct their research here), Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratory, Cell Biology and Microbiology Laboratory, and Chemistry Laboratory. The aforementioned are equipped with research equipment that enables several scientific procedures, including gene cloning and transfer, blotting techniques, spectrophotometry, SDS-PAGE and agarose gel electrophoresis, various chromatography procedures, and cell and tissue culture techniques.
Furthermore, we believe that it is never too soon to include our students in the most crucial tasks as scientists, aside from laboratory work, namely project participation, execution as well as publication. As part of their studies within the GBE Department, students also have a chance to participate in several research groups that serve to build upon the students’ classroom knowledge and expand it further though scientific projects as part of project applications as well as conference participation. All of our research groups are lead by professors and are a collaboration between them, our teaching staff as well as our students. These groups include Microbial Genetics, Biomedical Engineering and Medical Devices, Population and Phylogenetics, Intelligent Systems, ArchGene, and Bioinformatics and Biostatistics.
Last but not least, the GBE team possesses a vast and valuable scientific research track record, which is evident in the expansive number of publications and citations of the institution's scientists. Our staff is composed of eight full time and part time professors, all of which are distinguished within their fields of expertise. This also includes expansive publication records as well as scientific affiliations and society memberships. Additionally, we have four senior research assistants, all of which are published scientist pursuing their doctorate degrees, as well as three research assistants currently pursuing their masters degrees at the University. All our students have the opportunity for scientific engagement via research groups, as there are four: Biomedical Engineering, Forensic DNA, Nucleic Acid, and Plant Biotechnology.