Subjects

  • Mandatory Subjects
 Subject Syllabus Hour Load
Separation and Purification of Biomolecules Distillation; Liquid-liquid extraction; Solid phase extraction; Solid phase micro-extraction; membranes; Classic and high-performance liquid chromatography; Gas chromatography; Calibration methods; Instrumentation and applications of separation techniques.

60 h (theory)

(4 credits)

Biochemical Engineering Elementary concepts of enzyme kinetics; Immobilization of enzymes and cells; Cell growth kinetics and product formation; Introduction to biochemical reactors; Process regimes in bioreactors; Stirring and aeration in bioreactors; Cell mass balances, substrate and product in bioreactors; Purification of biotechnological products.

60 h (theory)

(4 credits)

Teaching Training Participation in undergraduate classes; Training of scientific initiation students under the supervision of an advisor and the presence of the professor responsible for teaching the subject in question 30 h (practical application)

(2 credits)

 

  • Optional Subjects
 Subject Syllabus Hour Load
Bioreactor Analysis Bioprocess Kinetics; Analysis of Bioreactors; Use of AnaBioPlus, i.e. bioreactor analysis software

30 h (theory)

(2 credits)

Applied Bioelectrochemistry Bioelectrochemistry concepts. Biosensors. Analytical methods. Detection of biomolecules (enzymes, DNA, carbohydrates, lipids, biomembranes). Nanoparticulate compounds, multiplex devices, electronic nose, biochip, PoC – point-of-care, devices and LoC – lab-on-a-chip. Environmental applications (sensors for detecting important compounds and gases, bioremediation). Fuel biocell. Artificial photosynthesis. Biosensors, Sars-Cov-2, and neglected diseases

60 h (45 h theory and 15 h practical application)

(4credits)

Quantitative Biochemistry Water and biomolecules. In silico visualization and analysis tools for biomolecules; Structural biochemistry – proteins, nucleic acids, glycans and lipids; Methods of biomolecules characterization; Simulation and data analysis in Biochemistry; Thermodynamics applied in Biochemistry; Interaction of ligands with druggable targets and biosensors; Enzymatic catalysis and selection of inhibitors. Metabolic pathways of biotechnological interest

60 h (theory)

(4 credits)

Structural Bioinformatics

Application of bioinformatics tools for data analysis obtained from genome sequencing and proteomes. Use of bioinformatics tools applied in a rational design of drugs and elucidation of different chemical structures.

60 h (45 h theory and 15 h practical application)

(4credits)

Environmental Biotechnology applied to plants Introduction to Environmental Biotechnology; Introduction to Botany (Plant Physiology and Morphology); environmental stress and morphophysiological changes caused by the environment in terrestrial and aquatic plants; Phytoremediation; Biostimulants in cultivated and native plants.

60 h (theory)

(4 credits)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Innovation and innovative environment in organizations; Creativity and idea generation; Fundamentals of entrepreneurship and features of entrepreneurs; Strategies, identification of opportunities and planning of biotechnology businesses; Market and financial planning. Sources of investments in biotechnology; Business plan; Management of biotechnological projects; Bioproduct development process; Technology Roadmapping; Generic Stages of Bioproduct Development.

60 h (theory)

(4 credits)

Analytical Methods applied in Biotechnology and Natural Products Rheometry; Calorimetry; Spectrophotometry; X-Ray Diffraction; Low Resolution Magnetic Resonance; Capillary Electrophoresis; Gas Chromatography in the Characterization/Quantification of Natural Products; Liquid Chromatography in the Characterization/Quantification of Natural Products; Mass Spectrometry; Potentiometric/Conductometric Analysis

60 h (theory)

(4 credits)

Design of Experiments and Optimization of Biotechnological Processes Elementary statistics topics; Introduction to factorial designs; Fractional factorial and rotatable central composite designs; Selection of variables; Case studies; Applications in biotechnological processes; Scientific articles on the course content to be made available to students in order to complement their training.

60 h (theory)

(4 credits)

Seminars

Scientific methodology, ethics in research; Use of the UNIFAL library database system; How to write a research project, abstract and scientific work; Development and proposal of the dissertation/thesis template.

30 h (theory)

(2 credits)

Enzyme Technology Enzymes: classification, mechanisms of action, cofactors and coenzymes; Production of enzymes and enzymatic processes of industrial interest; Biocatalysis in unconventional media; Characteristics and applications of the main groups of enzymes: lipases, proteases, amylases, cellulases, pectinases, enzymes that degrade lignin, invertase, beta-galactosidase, tannases; Enzymatic browning of foods

60 h (theory)

(4 credits)

Biochemical Transformations of Food Study of the main biochemical transformations occurring in foods and applications of enzymes of interest in the food industry; Study of post-harvest reactions of fruits and vegetables, after the slaughter of animals and capture of fish; Enzymatic reactions of importance in the deterioration of plant products; Enzymatic reactions of importance in the deterioration of animal products. Application of enzymes in dairy products, bakery, oil and fat industry; Use of enzymes to obtain functional foods.

60 h (theory)

(4 credits)

Advanced Topics in Plant and Environmental Biotechnology Molecular plant-pathogen interactions; genetic engineering in plants (principles and applications); biological nitrogen fixation and promoting microorganismgrowth in plants; food biosecurity and GMOs; natural and synthetic plant biostimulants; phytorre and bioremediation; Green Revolution, Biotechnology and global capitalism.

45 h (theory)

(3 credits)

Waste and Effluent Treatment Wastewater sources, atmospheric emissions and solid waste release, pollution characterization and applicable environmental control measures; Fundamentals of pollution prevention and control; Design of control systems, degrees of treatment, applicability and feasibility of liquid and gaseous effluent treatment units; Classification of solid waste, Standardization of storage, transport and final disposal; Reduction, Reuse, Recycling and Treatment of solid waste; Applicable legislation and integrated waste management strategies.

60 h (theory)

(4 credits)