Dean: Prof. Mokhtar M. El-Zawahry, M.D. Ph.D.
Genetic research is among the oldest and far reaching fields of research in Biology. Since Darwin and Mendel, the concepts of heredity and evolution quickly took center stage in biological research. From the study of the laws of inheritance and gene function to the characterization of the chemical nature of genes as DNA and RNA, genetic research has gone through enormous strides in the past one hundred years.
In the last fifty years alone advances in molecular genetics brought biology to the center stage of scientific research at large. It is no wonder that biology will be the Hall Mark of the twenty first century, as it defines life and conquers disease.†

Biotechnology, as it utilizes some of the most outstanding discoveries in genetic research, has made possible the harnessing of biological diversity to service mankind. Whether it is in understanding of the molecular basis of immunology and human diseases, or delving into the study of the human brain and human behavior, or understanding the molecular basis of cancer and solving the problems of human cell growth, biotechnology has provided valuable tools that made what was impossible become a matter of standard investigation.
As such, the field of biotechnology has emerged as a major contributor to the advancement of agriculture, medicine, and environmental sciences. Recent developments in biotechnology, particularly molecular biology, promise major improvements in agricultural productivity, breakthroughs in human health care, and new solutions to environmental problems.
To the student of Biotechnology, understanding the basic laboratory techniques for DNA manipulation and controlled genetic modification of living cells, screening and selection of desired genetically modified clones, had opened our mind to the far reaches of genetic research and genetic modification. As the student becomes aware of the technology, his or her imagination sets the limits to what they can dream of and achieve in the service of mankind.

Applications of biotechnology focus on specific applications of recombinant DNA technology for the production of genetically modified organisms. Whether it is in the production of biopharmaceuticals such as Insulin, TPA and Interferon, among others, or the production of genetically modified, more nutritious and disease resistant plants and crops, to the genetic modification of cattle and sheep and ultimately for its use in gene therapy.

The goals of the Faculty of Biotechnology are far and wide, but above all are aimed at introducing the student to the latest concepts and technologies used in the production of genetically modified organisms and genetic analysis approaches. The student shall also be part of discussions in ongoing debate on the benefits and concerns, ethical and otherwise, facing the increasing applications of biotechnology.

Graduation Requirements for the College of Biotechnology

For Graduation, the student will receive training in a number of areas that insure the studentís overall exposure to different educational disciplines that would insure the studentís well rounded education in the different fields of science, both basic and applied. In addition, the student will have an opportunity to study the principles of biotechnology as well as the ability to specialize in any one of a set of well-defined biotechnology majors.† This will be reflected in the studentís choice of courses from a number of area studies to a minimum of 140 credits.