The idea of establishing a new Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Department within the Faculty of Science and Arts at Jordan University of Science and Technology started back in 1998. The new Department was designed not only to keep the University up with the rapid advances in biotechnology and genetic engineering, but also to prepare the students for rewarding careers whether in industry, academia or government. In addition, the new Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering curriculum will equip students with sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical skills in different disciplines of Biotechnology that are required for the world of the 21st century.
The decision to establish a Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Program is considered as one of the most important steps the University took to meet the demand for trained Biotechnologists. Indeed, shifting the classical training to advance science can improve standards of living, bridging the gap between science and marketing and responding to the need of Jordan and the regional countries.
The Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering program is a multi-disciplinary program that brings a unique combination of skills and wide range of scientific disciplines together to maximize the benefit of both teaching and research programs. The research interests of the Department staff span a broad range including Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, Industrial Microbiology, Immunology and Animal Biotechnology.