Students can choose from more than 80 research preceptors.Students can choose from more than 80 research preceptors.

Student Research

Research constitutes approximately 40% of the program curriculum and represents one of the key competitive advantages of the MBP. Students select the research project and lab that suit their interests and working style during the fall research seminar (MBiotech 501), which offers interactions with faculty preceptors in the classroom and one-on-one.

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Because of the limited duration of the MBP, we do not offer a research lab rotation; students must commit to a single lab. Due to the somewhat competitive nature of research project selection, we cannot guarantee that everyone will get their top choice. However, in our experience almost everyone gets one of his or her top three choices of research preceptors.

The MBP research includes three quarterly progress reports and a final report in lieu of a formal thesis. The final report is modeled after a research article and rivals theses required by other MS in biotechnology programs. Additionally, students practice communication skills in the Critical Thinking and Scientific Communication course (MBIOTECH 420, winter quarter) and prepare a research poster and a presentation, which they deliver during the annual Industrial Advisory Board Meeting in June.

Publishing a research paper is challenging but not uncommon in the MBP.  Chances for publishing a paper and the timing of the publication will depend on the maturity of the chosen project and its scope.  There are additional opportunities for disseminating research results through presentations at scientific conferences. As a bonus, MBP provides a $1,000 grant to cover expenses for conference travel if the student presents his or her research. 

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Research AREAS

The research projects listed on our alumni webpages are meant to illustrate the diversity and number of research possibilities that the MBP has to offer. Research projects naturally evolve over time: some continue, while others get terminated based on research preceptors’ interests and funding opportunities. However, the MBP ensures that each of the 12 areas of research listed on our website continue to be adequately represented by research projects.

Preceptor spotlight

Five Minutes with John Crispino

The Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics talks about the partnership between MBP and the Lurie Cancer Center.

five Minutes with Josh Leonard

The MBP Research Preceptor talks about bringing biology and engineering into the biotechnology industry.