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Biomedical Sciences: Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics

Here you will obtain extensive theoretical and practical expertise on central concepts and techniques in modern molecular biotechnology and diagnostics.

You will also learn to apply the acquired knowledge in practice for the development of novel tools and methods for the detection molecular substances. The education is focused on the key technologies of diagnostics and molecular biology with opportunities to apply this knowledge both to medical and other areas of diagnostics.

After graduation, you will be equipped with skills that enable you to join the industry, to pursue a career as a scientist, or to enter the public sector. In addition, the curriculum also gives a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship.

Academic excellence and experience

Focus areas of research in the Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics studies are novel diagnostic concepts and technologies. The studies focuse also on diagnostics applications in various areas such as medicine, environmental and food quality monitoring. Other research topics of importance include:

  • antibody and protein engineering
  • fluorescence marker technologies
  • nucleic acid detection techniques
  • biomarker discovery
  • development related to both communicable and non-communicable diseases of global importance

Master's thesis and topics

The final project aiming for the Master’s thesis is based on independent, experimental research project in a laboratory. The research work is made under the guidance of a supervisor and takes 5 months.

The results obtained in the research project will be presented in a Master’s seminar using common procedures known from scientific meetings.

The Master’s thesis will be written based on the results from the experimental work and a review of relevant background literature.

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Effect of codon usage of signal sequence on Fab fragment expression
  • Antibody Expression, Purification and Assay development for the detection of Malaria
  • Colorectal cancer specific CEA lectin nanoparticle assay
  • Lateral flow assay platform for infectious disease diagnostics
  • Utilization of skeletal Troponin I recognizing binders in immunoassay
  • Enhanced cancer-specificity of tumor markers by lectin-labeled nanoparticles

Competence description

In the Programme, you will:

  • learn state-of-the-art and emerging techniques in modern molecular biotechnology serving the medical and other diagnostics fields
  • gain the ability to apply the acquired knowledge in practice to create novel bioaffinity tools and platforms
  • gain in-depth knowledge of infectious diseases, cardiac and cancer diagnostics
  • gain in-depth knowledge of biomarker discovery, proof-of-concept building and clinical validation
  • learn the prerequisites for translating novel technologies into routine applications
  • gain skills for co-operation in a multi-language laboratory environment

Job options

You will be equipped with skills that provide you with multiple career options. You will be able to join the industry in Finland or abroad, or to enter the public sector, for example, in various authoritative duties.

The biotech industry is among the fastest growing industrial sectors globally. In Finland, there is a strong demand for biotechnology experts at the moment. Especially the diagnostic industry, which is the largest sector of biotech industry in Finland, needs new professionals. The education in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics also provides a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship.

Possible job titles are:

  • researcher
  • quality manager
  • product developer
  • product manager
  • project coordinator

Career in research

The Master of Science degree completed in the Programme qualifies the graduates for PhD studies in Turku, elsewhere in Finland or universities worldwide.

Graduates from the programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes, which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.

Several doctoral programmes at University of Turku are available for graduates:

Visit the Biomedical Sciences: Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics page on the University of Turku website for more details!





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