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MBP Director William Miller




Message from the Director

Since the inception of the Master of Biotechnology Program (MBP) in 2004, our aim has been to provide chemists, biologists, and engineers with the best preparation for careers in the biotechnology industry.  From the outset we combined an integrated curriculum of modern biology and bioprocess engineering with in-depth biotechnology research projects guided by prominent faculty preceptors, and also focused on developing oral and written communication skills.


We strive to continuously improve the MBP by actively engaging our distinguished Industrial Advisory Board.  Recent enhancements include the bioprocess engineering lab, new experiments for an existing molecular biotechnology lab, and optional co-op industrial internships.  Our newest development has been the creation of a 3-quarter Technology Commercialization seminar series that examines the evolution of a biotechnology product from concept to market, including regulatory issues, intellectual property, design of experiments, project management, process economics, and business.


The MBP’s comprehensive training in bioprocess engineering includes lecture classes on the production and recovery/purification of biotechnology products, along with a complementary lab class.  Biologists and chemists develop analytical and problem-solving skills needed for these courses by taking specially designed classes in balances/kinetics and fluid mechanics/ mass transfer.


Advanced, hands-on research is a cornerstone of our curriculum.  In addition to the lab courses, all students are required to complete 1000+ hours of mentored, graded research in a single Northwestern faculty laboratory.  Our M.S. students are given the opportunity to plan and execute experiments, analyze data, and draw their own conclusions.  Northwestern offers our students a superb environment for research and training in the life and medical sciences, engineering, and biotechnology.


Students may bolster their research and bioprocess experience even further by enrolling in an optional, three- to six-month industrial internship.  Our full-time industrial liaison helps students identify internships and full-time positions in research, process development, and regulatory science.  Between our lab courses, graded research, and industrial internships, no other M.S. in Biotechnology program can match the number and diversity of research and development opportunities that our students have at their disposal.


I encourage you to explore our website, give us a call, or email to find out how a Master of Science in Biotechnology can help prepare you for a rewarding and impactful career.  Our faculty and staff would be happy to answer any and all of your questions.


William M. Miller


William M. Miller 
Master of Biotechnology Program Director 
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering