Biotechnology; Designated Emphasis

(Office of Research)

Abhaya Dandekar, Ph.D., Chairperson

Department Office. 302 Life Sciences Building; 530-752-3260;


The Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB) is an inter-graduate group program that allows Ph.D. students to receive and be credited for training in the area of biotechnology. The UC Davis Biotechnology Program is the administrative home for this program.
Courses in DEB:
DEB 263Biotechnology Fundamentals & Application (2) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 101; BIS 102; MIC 102; or Consent of Instructor. Must be a graduate student in good standing. Fundamentals of molecular biology and chemical engineering involved in recombinant DNA technology. Topics: principles of rate processes of biological systems, optimization of bioreactors, and issues related to overexpression and production of recombinant molecules. Participation in student-directed team projects. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
DEB 282Biotechnology Internship (7-12) Active
Internship—21-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and Consent of Instructor. Open only to students participating in the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology program. Research at a biotechnology company or interdisciplinary cross-college lab for a minimum of three months as part of the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology Program. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
DEB 294Current Progress in Biotechnology (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Seminars presented by guest lecturers on subjects of their own research activities. May be repeated for credit. (Same course as ECH 294.) (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.