2017 - Current
Area of Concentration: Biotechnology.
Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Applied to Genomics.
Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Applied to Proteonics.
Biotechnology of Natural Resources Applied to Agribusiness.
Biotechnology of Natural Resources Applied to Health.
2011 - 2016
Area of Concentration: Bio-propulsion.
Bioprospecting is the retrieval of information of biotechnological interest from a sample. Innumerable techniques can be used to explore biological samples that contain a great diversity of targets of biotechnological interest, from samples that contain a single species, such as pure cultures of microorganisms, to samples that contain a great diversity of species, such as soil or tissues with a diverse microbiota. From the samples, proteins (enzymes, growth factors, structural proteins, etc.), secondary metabolites (alkaloids, fatty acids, terpenoids, antibiotics), genes encoding proteins of interest and mRNAs that regulate gene expression in the cell can be identified. Many of these molecules can be transformed into products that can be traded by the industry through the application of information retrieved by bioprospecting in biotechnological research.
Genomics, Transcriptonics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics of Microorganisms and Plants.
Complete sequencing of genomes of microorganisms of biotechnological interest. Study of the differential transcription of genes from organisms (plants and microorganisms) under different environmental conditions.
Organic Chemistry of Biomolecules.
Study of the profile of metabolites in cells. Prospecting for secondary metabolites of biotechnological interest through chemical tests.
Area of Concentration: Applied Biotechnology.
It is the transformation of a target of biotechnological interest into a commercially viable product or process and requires a greater understanding of the physical, chemical and biological properties of the molecule of interest. For this, several specific tests are made using the molecule or cell with biotechnological potential. The efficiency, sensitivity, specificity, stability and safety of the product or process must be evaluated for it to be commercially viable.
Production of Industrial Inputs and Processes.
Development and production of inputs and processes for the biofuel, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, agricultural and food industry.
Human and Veterinary Health.
Biotechnology applied to Diagnosis: Development of molecular biology tests and kits for the serological diagnosis of diseases that affect humans and other animals; Biotechnology applied to therapy: use of stem cells in the treatment of health problems; Biotechnology applied to prophylaxis: development of immunoprophylactics from nucleic acid sequences of pathogens that have some immunogenic potential.