Cambridge University Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology - Institute of Biotechnology

Institute of Biotechnology

It was established in 1988 to meet growing demands for highly skilled research personnel, and the new knowledge necessary for continuing expansion of the science platform upon which biotechnology innovations are based. Institute of Biotechnology is separated from the main department's building, and it is currently located at Tennis Court Road.

Institute of Biotechnology's aims are:

1- To conduct research in selected areas of biotechnology. 2- To provide the best training in biotechnology for high quality graduates from the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. 3- To ensure a rapid and effective transfer of ideas and developments in biological science between University and Industry.

Following the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the Institute of Biotechnology was awarded grade 5, for the quality of its research.

The Institute of Biotechnology has a multi-disciplinary approach, which fosters and encourages interactive project work between in-house groups. This unique strength gives the Institute important links with those departments containing relevant expertise in the University, with local, national and international Industry, and with research centres around the world.

There are four active research groups within the Institute of Biotechnology. Research activities are holographic sensors, acoustic holograms, biopharmacuticals and spores. The director of the Institute is Christopher R. Lowe, OBE. Other activities include Molecular Biology, Metabolic Engineering, Protein Engineering, Microbiology, Biotransformations, Biodegradation, Plant Biotechnology, Enzyme Technology, Bio-separations, Chemical Sensors, Biosensors, Instrumentation, Combinatorial Chemistry, Molecular Modelling.

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