The Algae Biotechnology Science Certificate is aimed at training professionals for field and laboratory roles in the algae biotechnology and biomass production industry, including analytical chemistry, microbiological/crop management, and biological/biofuels lab techniques. It provides students hands-on technical knowledge and experience in laboratory techniques used in biomanufacturing processes, analysis and quality controls.
Students choose from one of the following specialization tracks:
The Molecular Biology track focuses on molecular biological techniques with an emphasis on molecular engineering for the improvement of algae for biofuel/bioproduct production, and will also cover aquatic microbiology including; growth, physiology, and identification and crop protection of both eukaryotic and prokaryotic algal production species, and examines the basic pathogenic microorganisms of algal production.
The Analytical Chemistry track focuses on chemical analysis of biomolecules, including proteins and small molecules like fatty acids and isoprenoids, downstream processing of precursors into final products, specifications and methods required to maintain quality in manufacturing, and hands-on experience in the analytical methods used to characterize bioproducts.
Algae biotechnology research and development in the San Diego region constitutes an increasingly robust cluster of economic activity and employment opportunities. A 2014 analysis, conducted by the San Diego County of Governments’ (SANDAG) economic bureau, reported that the direct, indirect, and induced economic impact of the algae biotechnology research and manufacturing industry generates a total of approximately 1,020 total jobs, $80 million in wages, and over $175 million of economic output to the San Diego regional economy. With the ability to use algae to create a wide range of photosynthetic-based bio-products, the algae biotechnology sector is set to grow at a quick pace. Already, direct employment in the algae biotechnology industry in the San Diego region has nearly doubled since 2009.
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
This course will provide an overview of the growing field of algae biotechnology by introducing the basics of photosynthetic bio-manufacturing. The topics covered will include the biofuels, feeds and foods, nutraceuticals, industrial enzymes and therapeutic proteins. it will also cover the basics of algae biology and its importance as a feedstock, the biochemical, genetic and molecular approaches being developed to advance the next generation of bio-products, and the economical and global impacts of algal biomass production. Overall, the course will emphasize the importance of photosynthetic biomanufacturing development as a contributor to replacing the diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, reducing global warming, and creating a sustainable society.
This course provides the student with skills and knowledge on production technologies and practices for algae biomass production at a commercial scale. Lectures will be taught and facilitated by algal production technicians, scientists and senior algal farm managers, each with years of production management experience in commercial a setting. Topics covered will include: Aquatic photosynthesis at commercial scale; Algae production facilities layouts; Bioreactor and pond designs; Scale-up factors; Water sources, water handling and water management; Nutrient sourcing and handling, Light management; Carbon dioxide sources and handling; Biomass monitoring for growth, productivity and product expression; Advanced analytical techniques for biomass and product assessment; Harvest technologies and techniques; Product mix options: biofuels, protein animal feeds, food supplements, pigments, and other possible products; supply chain requisites, materials purchasing and shipping at commercial scale; production economics.
This course is focused on practical laboratory experience to provide students with skills and knowledge on production technologies and practices for algae biomass production at a pilot and commercial scale. The laboratory will be taught and facilitated by algal production technicians, scientists and senior algal farm managers, each with years of production management experience. Topics covered will include: Aquatic photosynthesis at commercial scale and overall process design; Algae production facilities layouts; Bioreactor and pond designs; Scale-up factors; Water sources, water handling and water management; Nutrient sourcing and handling, Light management; Carbon dioxide sources and handling; Biomass monitoring for growth, productivity and product expression; Advanced analytical techniques for biomass and product assessment; Harvest technologies and techniques; Product mix options: biofuels, protein animal feeds, food supplements, pigments, and other possible products; supply chain requisites, materials purchasing and shipping at commercial scale; production economics. Biomass will be produced at a relevant scale for extraction and product testing.
Gain an introduction to the genetics and molecular biology of eukaryotic algae and cyanobacteria. It will cover the background and applications of the genetic and molecular tools required to address challenges of using algae for biofuels applications. Thought experiments for practical application are included and legal and procedural challenges posed by transgenic organisms will be discussed. Recent advances in biotechnology are also covered. Exercises in bioinformatics are developed to familiarize students with commonly used tools in problem solving. Lecture pace and structure is developed in conjunction with the companion laboratory course and synchronized with relevant topics for enriched experience.
From genomes to genetics – understanding and being able to manipulate DNA is the foundation for a large fraction of the work in industrial biofuels. This course will focus on developing the basic skill sets to work at the molecular biology bench in this growing industry. Skills taught in the course include PCR; plasmid amplification and purification; algal transformation via particle bombardment, electroporation and agrobacteria; and analysis of successful transfer of DAN via antibiotic selection, microscopy and Western blot. Designed for students who have a strong interest in biofuels and have had basic biology and an introductory biological laboratory class.
An introduction to the fundamental chemistry and biochemistry petroleum replacement technologies, this course will explore chemical identity, properties, production, and analytical techniques related to contemporary petroleum products. Metabolic engineering and refining processes will also be covered. This course will compliment an analytical chemistry laboratory, which may be taken concurrently.
This course will provide students with background information on biofuels, the specifications and methods required to maintain quality in manufacturing, and provide experience in the analytical methods used to characterize fuel properties. Prerequisites: Introductory chemistry (CHEM 100A or equivalent).
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Molecular Biologist Track Prerequisites:
Analytical Chemist Track Prerequisites:
-Intro Organic Chemistry
UCSD, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
UCSD, Division of Biological Sciences
There will be a $60 fee upon
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