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“Molecular Biotechnology comprises a set of universal
laboratory skills that complement academic preparation
in disciplines impacted by the life sciences.”

DR. ROBERT M. KELLY, DIRECTOR

Molecular Biotechnology Education

The Biotechnology Program (BIT) at NC State University.

About the image: In the BIT Organoids course, students use mouse intestinal organoids to study cancer initiation. Students transfect organoids with CRISPR/Cas9 editing tools to delete the gene Apc and a second gene of interest. Apc is an important part of the Wnt pathway, and disrupted Wnt signaling is a key early change that happens in intestinal cancer. This image shows a brightfield image of a CRISPR/Cas9-editing Apc-knockout organoid that is thriving in conditions that have killed the non-knockout cells around it. Image credits: Taylor Roberts (transfection) and Ravi Appalabhotla (CRISPR knockout) in Dr. Leigh Ann Samsa’s class.

New courses: RNA World, Directed Evolution, and Synthetic Biology.

New publications: Dr. Stefanie Chen published a study on BIT Protein Interactions course. The BIT 410/510 course redesign publication has been accepted!

New collaborations: BIT leads multi-institution project to expand Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory Education Modules (MBLEMs) with five partner institutions.

Special Event: 2020 MBTP Symposium in November, click HERE for details.

Training hundreds of students from across campus…

Offering cutting-edge molecular biotechnology courses…

Mentoring versatile scientists in course-based and one-on-one research experiences

Leading innovative biotechnology education initiatives