Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biotechnology
Molecular and cellular biology and biotechnology together drive the modern life sciences enterprise in the 21st century. Dedicated professionals working in these fields have improved the quality of life by researching the fundamental biological questions that have led, for example, to developing novel drug therapies and the advent of personalized medicine.
Students in the department of biology at Merrimack College prepare for their careers by engaging in and accomplishing cellular and molecular biology, biotechnology and biomedical science. The department helps students with career interests to get hands-on and active research experiences with our faculty.
- Renovated lab space in the Mendel Science Center and received a major gift donation of laboratory equipment to support student/faculty research in the concentration.
- Internship opportunities for several Merrimack biology majors at area companies, and maintain membership in the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
Integrating Technology and Learning
Students participate side by side with faculty in ongoing research projects as they learn techniques regularly performed in cell and molecular biology labs in industry and biomedical research. Students have access to all the instrumentation in the department while they learn the theory and practice of cell biology, biotechnology, and cellular biochemistry. In courses and independent projects, students participate in actual experimental research and learn both classic and cutting edge techniques.
From the genome to the transcriptome to the proteome to cells, students learn how the foundations of modern molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry underpin the biotechnology industry, biomedical research enterprise, and the revolution in personalized and precision medicine.
Graduating seniors are prepared to enter the workforce directly with their baccalaureate degree, or proceed on to graduate schools or medical programs. The Boston area represents one of the richest job/career markets in the world for biotechnology and biomedical sciences.
Alumni have secured scientist positions in biotechnology, clinical and biomedical research laboratories, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. They work in sales and marketing positions in the life science industry. They have graduated from M.S. and Ph.D. programs; medical, dental, veterinary schools; and law schools. They work as patent and intellectual property lawyers, in biostatistics, bioinformatics and data management. They are doctors, dentists, teachers, writers, community educators and advocates.