KOREA UNIVERSITY Division of Biotechnology

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Core Disciplinary Competences

Core Disciplinary Competences
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Animal Biotechnology This program aims to nurture future experts in animal biotechnology who will contribute to the development of cell therapy medicinal products, xeno-transplantation techniques, gene therapies, new medicines and medical biomaterials, based on their knowledge of molecular cell engineering, animal physiology and animal resource science, genetic code engineering, and related applied science.
Plant Biotechnology Plant biotechnology is a discipline that encompasses the basic and applied science related to the growth and development of plants. The program aims to nurture future experts in the state-of-the-art plant biotechnology necessary to develop human and environment-friendly high-yield and high-functional crops.
Molecular Biotechnology Molecular biotechnology is characterized by an approach to biology based on the understanding of and research into biological phenomena at the molecular level. In other words, the discipline aims to learn the structures and functions of biological materials based on chemistry, including biochemistry and molecular biology, and to interpret and utilize biological phenomena. It also aims to nurture highly competent and creative researchers with an ability to systematically understand biological phenomena at the molecular level and utilize this knowledge in the medical, food, and chemical industries, so that they can contribute to the development of biotechnology and medical research.

Autonomous Sub-disciplinary Competences

Autonomous Sub-disciplinary Competences
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Animal Biotechnology (1) Molecular cell engineering: Molecular cell engineering approaches biological phenomena from the perspectives of molecular biology and cell biology in order to understand the conditions that are necessary for cells to grow and function.
(2) Animal physiology & animal resource technology: These disciplines aim to understand the structural principles of animal physiology from the perspectives of animal metabolism, pharmacology, and environment, to explore the correlation between different physiological functions, and to develop new technologies for the large scale and optimal use of animal resources.
(3) Genetic code engineering: Genetic code engineering aims to understand the mechanisms related to the formation and development of organisms based on the understanding of various genetic phenomena at the molecular level, as well as to develop the latest methods and technologies in the field of biotechnology, based on molecular genomics and bioinformatics.
Plant Biotechnology (1) Help students understand the basic physiological and biochemical phenomena of life in terms of the growth, development, physiology, ecology, heredity, and cultivation of plants, and enhance their ability to utilize this knowledge.
(2) Help students understand and utilize the physiological, biochemical, genetic, and thremmatological phenomena necessary for the growth and development of plants, based on the principles of plant sustenance; help students understand the fundamentals of phytopathology and the latest plant genetic engineering technologies, so that they can contribute to improving the functionality and productivity of plants.
(3) Help students acquire basic and biotechnological knowledge related to the development of high-quality, high-functional plants, the preservation, exploration, and utilization of eco-friendly plant resources, and the sustainable growth in productivity of plants; help students gain scientific knowledge and expertise in how to utilize cutting-edge molecular biological technologies and research/develop materials with new functions.
Molecular Biotechnology (1) Help students learn the functionality and structures of biological materials based on chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology, and use this knowledge in interpreting biological phenomena; help students learn how to design and utilize biological materials and/or biological phenomena with new functionality that does not exist in the natural world, based on existing biological knowledge or biological phenomena.
(2) Conduct research into pathogenic microbes, including research into the pathogenicity and mechanisms of microbial infection in order to develop microbial diagnostic kits and vaccines/treatments, and contribute to the development of technologies to control infectious diseases.
(3) Understand metabolism in vivo and the structures, functions, and reactions of related enzymes and proteins in order to develop useful materials, foods, medicines, and bioactive substances based on biochemical engineering and bioreaction engineering.