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Molecular Biotechnology, Associate in Applied Science

If biomedical research, genetics, or pharmaceutical research sounds like a career for you, get your start at LCC.  In the molecular biology courses, students learn to:

  • Grow and maintain genetic strains of bacteria
  • Isolate and purify DNA from a variety of cell types and environmental samples
  • Clone genes using bacteria and plasmid DNA vectors
  • Prepare and analyze polymerase chain reactions (PCR) and real time PCR analysis
  • Complete a DNA barcoding project
  • Prepare and screen DNA libraries for specific genes
  • Prepare and analyze DNA profiles on agarose gels
  • Isolate and purify proteins and analyze with SDS-PAGE electrophoresis
  • Utilize on-line DNA Sequence Databases and bioinformatic tools for gene annotation and sequence analysis
  • Tours of university research laboratories and biotechnology company facilities
  • Courses emphasize critical thinking skills, laboratory notebook documentation, laboratory math skills, laboratory safety and experimental design

Students in this program have been hired by:

  • Biotechnology companies in Michigan and across the United States
  • Twenty-five molecular research laboratories at Michigan State University
  • DNA Sequencing Laboratory at the University of Michigan Medical School
  • Michigan State Police DNA Laboratory DNA/Forensic Laboratories (Lansing and Grayling, MI)

The program also provides additional training for technicians from the DNA Forensic Lab of the Michigan State Police, college faculty from other institutions, and students who already have advanced degrees in the biological sciences.

Come join us and start your career in Biotechnology at Lansing Community College

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For more information please contact:
* Science Department at 517-483-1092
* Dr. Mindy Wilson at or 517-483-1897

Science at Lansing Community College

Science Department
Arts & Sciences Building, Room 3203
Phone: (517) 483-1092
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