M.S. Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Biotechnology Option)

The Professional Biotechnology M.S. option provides students with an advanced study of how living organisms and biological processes can be used in technology, medicine, engineering, and agriculture to solve some of the world's most complex challenges.

Summary

The objective of the Biotechnology option in the M.S. Pharmaceutical Chemistry program is to prepare students, as well as professional scientists and engineers, for dynamic careers in the biopharmaceutical industry. The program will focus on providing integrated coursework and training in current biotechnology industry practices. Students of the program will combine their advanced theoretical study with meaningful hands-on expertise gained by engaging in career-focused research at the university’s cutting-edge facilities and research partnerships.

We expect that students of the program will exhibit:

  • Professionalism: Students will sharpen top-level professional skills at NJIT’s cutting-edge research facilities to excel in business administration, leadership and management.
  • Academic Excellence: Our students will hone and effectively apply their technical training in biopharmaceutical chemistry, with an emphasis on biotechnology.
  • Commitment to Growth and Development: Students will stay up to date on the latest biotechnology industry changes and challenges to prepare them to work in this growing and exciting industry.

Through their advanced coursework and research opportunities, we aim for students of the program to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Become adept at identifying strengths and weaknesses of particular methods, and determining which one are optimal for particular synthetic operations
  • Become familiar with cellular digestion, absorption and metabolism, including regulatory processes and pathology-induced interruptions
  • Explain the basic elements of structure of amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids
  • Describe higher-order structure in proteins and relate it to function
  • Demonstrate the role of the intermolecular forces in macromolecular structure and function
  • Interpret kinetic data and identify types of enzyme inhibition
  • Write and describe the key biosynthetic pathways in living systems
  • Apply thermodynamic principles to understand energy production in biological systems
  • Discuss electron transport and energy production
  • Discuss biochemical processes: replication, transcription, and translation
  • Explain biosynthesis of proteins
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of medicinal chemistry plays in drug discovery, drug action, and pharmacy practice.
  • Become familiar with cellular digestion, absorption, and metabolism, including regulatory processes and pathology-induced interruptions
  • Apply knowledge of cell and molecular biology to identify the causes of disease, effects of existing drugs, and the development of new modes of treatment
  • Become familiar with cellular digestion, absorption, and metabolism, including regulatory processes and pathology-induced interruptions
  • Understand the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the global market and its implications
  • Learn the fundamentals of the drug development cycle and the investment required to bring a drug to market
  • Learn the most important drug manufacturing processes and the key elements of dosage formulation

Core Faculty

Jonathan Smitherson

Belfield, Kevin D.

Dean

Belfield, Kevin D.
Dean, Dean-Coll Sci Libr Arts
Official
504 Cullimore Hall
Jonathan Smitherson

Gund, Tamara

Gund, Tamara
Official
353 Tiernan
Jonathan Smitherson

Zhang, Yuanwei

Assistant Professor

Zhang, Yuanwei
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Environmental Science
Not Provided
Official

Advisement

Jonathan Smitherson

Belfield, Kevin D.

Dean

Belfield, Kevin D.
Dean, Dean-Coll Sci Libr Arts
Official
504 Cullimore Hall