Biotechnology can be defined as the application of biological organisms, systems, or processes by various industries, stakeholders and researchers towards learning about the science of life and the improvement of the value of materials and organisms such as pharmaceuticals, crops, livestock and the environment.
The Biotechnology group is composed of researchers with multidisciplinary expertise in biochemistry, microbiology, genetic engineering, molecular biology and systems biology. Research in this group includes in vivo, in vitro and in silico studies or techniques that create a holistic way of looking at both the organisms and the surrounding environment. The ongoing projects in this group utilize many advanced modern techniques to investigate the biological processes in microorganisms, animals or plants.
Research in plant biotechnology focuses on identification and studies of genes that can be used to develop cultivated crops for elimination or avoiding arsenic contamination in plants, human foods and the environment.
Research in microbial biotechnology focuses on identification and studies of genes that can be used to develop microbial bioreactors for elimination or reduction of arsenic contamination in industry effluents, water and the environment.
Research in mussel project focuses on investigation of mussels and native “host” fishes in order to develop molecular markers for determination of mussel species and identification of their larvae. Knowledge in this will result in explanation of why the mussels seem to have poor rejuvenation.