DEB Grad Resources

Resources for DEB students: QE guidelines, info from Grad Studies, etc.

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DEB Leadership

Includes the DEB Executive Committee, By-laws, Program Director, etc.

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Friday Seminars

MCB/ECH 294 Friday Seminars are also open to the public

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ESTEME Program

Equity in Stem and Entrepreneurship (ESTEME) is a student run organization

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WELCOME TO THE DEB (Designated Emphasis In Biotechnology Program)

The DEB is an inter-graduate group program that allows Ph.D. students to receive and be credited for training in the area of biotechnology. The UCD Biotechnology Program is the administrative home for this program.

The DEB provides a nurturing interactive environment to promote integration of multiple disciplinary approaches to the conduct of research and to promote learning in biotechnology. The mission is to prepare well-educated students to approach problems with creativity and fexibility. The program will provide tools for the students to be leaders, visionaries, entrepreneurs, researchers and teachers in the broad area of biomolecular technology.

We currently have ...

more than 230 students in the program as of 2016 and they come from a wide array of disciplines; Participating graduate programs include 29 programs and close to 250 faculty trainers of varied disciplines are affiliated with the DEB. 

The DEB provides a very effective multidisciplinary biotechnology concentration, which includes exposure to bioethics, business and legal aspects of biotechnology as well as a 3-6 month internship in a biotechnology company or research laboratory in another college or national laboratory. Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung, the Program Coordinator assists the students in locating internships, preparation of a strong cover letter and curriculum vitae, and the development of professional skills related to the business environment.


To provide well-coordinated, cross-disciplinary training of graduate students in critical areas of biomolecular technology research.
To promote interdisciplinary research environments that integrate basic biological science, engineering and computational disciplines.
To allow cross-disciplinary training and trainee experience in a biotechnology company or cross-college laboratory.
This program supplements a student's PhD. curriculum and those completing the DEB program will obtain an official designation on their diploma and transcript indicating a qualification in biotechnology.

Example: Doctoral Degree in Microbiology with a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology

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