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Molecular Biotechnologies and Bioinformatics

General information

Classification of Scholarly Field LM-8 Industrial biotechnologies
Application and Admission Open with entry requirements examination. How to apply.
Course Duration 2 years - Study Plan
Course Attendance Mandatory
Course Language English
Course Location via Golgi 19 - Milano
via Celoria 20/26 - Milano
Head of Studies Paolo Landini
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Programme Description

Course email molbioinfo@unimi.it



Course Objectives

The master degree programme in Molecular Biotechnologies and Bio-Information Technology equips graduates with advanced knowledge of the molecular and cellular bases of biological systems, the structure and functions of biological macromolecules, the cellular processes in which they operate, the biotechnological and analytical tools and mathematical, physical and chemical methodologies required for biotechnological applications; sound computational and bio-informatic competences, also in relation to the organisation and construction of and access to databases and with particular reference to the analysis of genomes, proteomes and metabolomes; and knowledge of the most significant techniques employed in the various fields of industrial and environmental biotechnology.

Graduates in Molecular Biotechnologies and Bio-Informatic Technology must:

  • have a good command of: the specific technological platforms employed in the field of genomics and proteomics; the design and development of new biologically active molecules, also through the use of nanostructural materials; the fermentation and bioconversion techniques involved in the production of metabolites, useful proteins and renewable energy sources; biomolecule analysis and purification techniques; and the development of monitoring and environmental rehabilitation processes
  • have a good grasp of the key aspects of the operational processes adopted after the industrial design of biotechnological processes, with full respect for the maintenance of eco-sustainability
  • possess advanced knowledge of patenting systems and technology transfer procedures
  • be fluent in English as well as Italian, both orally and in writing, with a sound knowledge of subject-specific terminology
  • be able to work autonomously and assume positions of responsibility in projects and facilities
  • be qualified to engage in basic and applied research, the promotion and development of scientific and technological innovation, and professional and project-related work in fields connected with biotechnology
  • have a good knowledge of the regulations connected with bioethics, the validation/certification of biotechnological products and processes, and the protection of inventions and security in the biotechnological sector.



Career and Employment

The main career opportunities open to graduates are:

  • the promotion and development of scientific and technological innovation in various fields of application
  • the management of production structures in the biotechnology industry, diagnostics, chemistry, environmental protection, the agriculture and food industry, etc.
  • service management in areas connected with the biotechnological industries, as well as in analysis and biological control laboratories, environmental monitoring services, and National Health Service facilities.

Within their specific field of specialisation, graduates are qualified to assume positions of high responsibility, with full respect for the related ethical, technical and legal considerations.

Graduates can also pursue careers in: the pharmaceutical, chemical and agriculture and food industries; the environmental technology industry and related services; biotechnology service centres for the application of computing to genomics and proteomics; and in the research laboratories of public and private institutions.

Within these spheres, graduates are qualified to handle problems connected with bio-informatics and biotechnological questions of industrial and environmental interest. These include:

  • industrial fermentation processes for the production of metabolites and the attainment of renewable energy sources
  • the production of intermediates and products for fine chemicals for the food processing industry
  • the control of biotechnological processes
  • the development of environmental rehabilitation technologies
  • the analysis of nucleotidic and protein sequences
  • the development of new biologically active molecules through the study of molecular interactions between proteins and nucleic acids and the identification of new molecular targets
  • the design and development of databases and new biological data analysis methodologies.