Every year, a variety of groups from around the globe travel to particpate in USU’s Biotechnology and Bioprocessing Training Program and recently conducted a four-day training session with pharmaceutical managers, researchers and university faculty from China. The training provides its participants with lectures on mammalian cell structure and allows an equal amount of time for hands-on projects carried out in the labs of USU’s Center for Integrated BioSystems (CIB). According to www.biosystems.usu.edu, the center is researching 10 projects and provides services for genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, bioprocessing and metabolomics. Trainees participate in 28 hours of training throughout their stay at USU and are awarded with a certificate on the last day. The program is led and taught by USU scholars who work with various sectors of USU’s science department. “In the United States, there are only four universities that have this kind of training,” said Ma Zhongren, deputy dean of the life and science engineering faculty of Northwest University for Nationalities in China, who was a participant. The hands-on portion of the training is what sets USU’s biotechology and bioprocessing training apart from others, said Jeannine Huenemann, project coordinator for the CIB. People from some universities, such as Stanford and Montana State, found USU’s bioprocessing lab valuable for its uniqueness as well, and traveled to USU for research in the CIB buildling.
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