What is Biotechnology?

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a field, which combined medicine, technology and biology. It involves the manipulation of living organism or parts of organism to make products of value to humanity. It can be applied in four major areas – Medical, agriculture, non food use of crops (eg biofuels) and environmental uses.


After studying biotechnology at Melbourne University are there a wide range of sectors in which you can apply for job. Here are some examples:

  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • Hospitals
  • Food and beverage companies
  • Primary industry and agriculture
  • Biochemical industries
  • Quality control
  • Universities

Melbourne Uni

Week of a biotechnology student?

I’m started the biotechnology master program this semester and I’m enrolled in the following subjects:

Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)
From Lab to Life
Principles of Immunology
Communicating Science and Technology

Every week I have 3×1 hour lectures in the subjects Principles of Immunology and GMO, respectively. I also attend two lectures and a workshop in the subject Lab to Life and a 2-hour lecture in Communicating Science and Technology followed by a 1-hour tutorial. I usually spend a couple of hours each day in the library,  keeping up with all the writing and reading (takes a lot of time) but allows my self the weekend of.

Brownless Biomedical Library

– Josefin


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