Sarah Goodman, Medical Biotechnology Class of 2012, conducted research her senior year on genetic mutations linked to schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. "I like working on genetics, and with DNA," Sarah said. "I’ve always been interested in genetics and neurodegenerative disorders. It’s like a puzzle, and the mystery is where the pieces should go."
About this Career
Graduates specializing in medical biotechnology work with a team to conduct medical research in academic or industrial settings. In university laboratories, these individuals assist scientists by performing experiments that are part of a medical research study.
In industrial laboratories, biotechnologists help develop and manufacture pharmaceutical drugs or vaccines. Both types of laboratories are involved in research designed to treat or prevent human diseases such as heart disease, cancer, AIDS, genetic diseases, and many others.
Students' Top 5 Reasons to Choose Upstate's Medical Biotechnology Program
- Upstate's teachers are personable and accommodating. There's no such thing as limited "office hours" instructors are readily available.
- We're part of an academic medical university, which means we can learn from expert guest lecturers who conduct research and analyze patient samples at University Hospital on campus.
- We get hands-on experience in modern laboratories that have the latest technology. Using the flow cytometry core facility in University Hospital helped tremendously with my research project.
- This is a professional atmosphere, an environment based on health care and research. You can walk down the hall and hear conversations about medicine, treatments, research. It's extremely professional.
- There are opportunities for clinical placements at prominent laboratories. We seek out the kind of company and location we're interested in, and the school makes the arrangements.
James Bowen, Class of 2011 in Medical Biotechnology.
James spent much of his last semester at Upstate at his clinical placement site, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in Rochester, N.Y.