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What’s old is new again

Biotechnology is considered the new industrial frontier. Yet we’ve been practicing it for as long as we’ve been baking bread and enjoying cheese and beer. 

Today, we continue to capitalize on nature’s toolbox to enrich our lives, whether we are harnessing cellular processes to create new medicines, using biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or developing food with enhanced nutrients.

Recent biotechnological advances are addressing our world’s most pressing challenges of health, food production, and environmental sustainability.  Every day, scientists come closer to even more breakthroughs that help us to live longer and healthier lives. 

Our interdisciplinary biotechnology program combines advanced training in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, and pharmaceutical sciences with critical business skills to bring you to the forefront of discovery and innovation.

Degree Options

Coursework and Requirements
A sampling of the types of courses you could take here.
Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills
BIOT 5145

Introduces selected key skills and techniques central to life sciences research. Laboratory exercises highlight the importance of precision/accuracy in dispensation of liquids and in the preparation of solutions and standards, documentation and record keeping, and maintaining a safe and sterile work environment while performing scientific research.

Cutting Edge Applications in Molecular Biotechnology
BIOT 5810

Introduces the uses of molecular biology in a biotechnology setting, including state-of-the-art molecular biology applications such as: stability and expression of cloned gene products, gene cloning strategies, transgenic species, mutation creation and analysis, DNA fingerprinting, PCR technology, microarray technology, gene probes, gene targeting, gene therapy, stem cell technology, antisense RNA, CAR T-cell therapy, RNA interference, and CRISPR/Cas9.

Drug Product Process for Biopharmaceuticals
BIOT 5640

Covers the development and implementation of the drug product manufacturing process for biopharmaceuticals. Topics include the preformulation process for early stage product development, the selection of formulation compatible with the targeted product presentation, optimization of formulations to meet stability and usage objectives, the design of a scalable process for production, large-scale process equipment and operations, process scale-up considerations, and regulatory compliance issues for drug product manufacturing facilities and operations. 

Biotechnology Quick Facts
Of students land industry-related jobs following graduation

14% expected national growth in graduate-level biotechnology job postings by 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Admission Deadlines

Fall – Rolling Admissions

  • 6/1 International
  • 7/15 International F1
  • 8/1 Domestic


  • 10/1 International
  • 12/1 Domestic
8 Concentrations for Further Specialization
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Process Science
  • Manufacturing and Quality Operations
  • Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Technologies
  • Scientific Information Management
  • Regulatory Science
  • Biotechnology Enterprise
Average annual salary for biotechnological scientists in 2019 (Payscale)
Scholarships available at our San Francisco Bay area campus
Biotechnology companies located in the Boston area

Real World Industry Experience

Northeastern’s biotechnology students benefit from Northeastern’s extensive network of industry partners in Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and around the globe. Masters degree students complete either a 3-6 month co-op work experience or participate in an industry-based independent project, providing an invaluable opportunity to gain professional training within the commercial sector.

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Faculty Labs

Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine
Research at this center includes pharmaceutical nanocarriers, controlled drug and gene delivery, drug targeting, intracellular targeting, experimental medical imaging, and cancer immunology, and train young researches in these areas.
The Minds Behind COS Biotechnology
Faculty Spotlight
Jared Auclair
Northeastern researcher and Director of BATL, Dr. Jared Auclair trains regulators around the world to speed up the approval of new drug treatments.
Alexandros Makriyannis
leads the Center for Drug Discovery, working to develop novel medications and creating technologies aimed at improving the discovery of new therapeutic drugs.
Slava Epstein
a professor of biology, is pioneering technology that will advance antiobiotic discovery .

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November 21, 2019

A New Antibiotic Has Been Hiding in the Gut of a Tiny Worm. It May Be Our Best Weapon Against Drug-resistant Bacteria.

November 4, 2019

Iron: The Swiss Army Knife for Bacteria

Dr. Yunrong Chai and his team discovered new, essential uses for iron in biofilms, the bacterial populations that colonize our bodies, our hospitals, and our world.
September 17, 2019

Small Pharma: Inside the World of Orphan Diseases, with Alumna Agnes Rafalko

Agnes Rafalko got her PhD in proteomics and nanomedicine at Northeastern. She now works as the Chief Scientific Officer of Glycomine, a startup she herself founded that works on drugs…
September 11, 2019

Northeastern Establishes Global Partnership to Improve the Quality of Medicine

Northeastern has joined with a research and training center in Ireland to prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, and lab technicians to produce high quality drugs for patients around…

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