The use of science and engineering for the development of novel technologies related to biological processes in industries in called Life Science Engineering. This area aims to use the newest and most advanced technologies to solve the challenges in medical and biological fields in order to improve the quality of life. Life Science Engineering is a broad field which has been the focus of many scholars in top universities around the world. Hence, the Department of Life Science Engineering was established at the Faculty of Advanced Sciences and Technologies of the University of Tehran. The aim of this department is to progress in various domains of biology and develop practical technologies pertaining to the developmental and comprehensive scientific plans of the Islamic Republic of Iran using the most advanced technologies in order to improve the quality of life and train specialist for the country.
Biotechnology refers to the employment of the science and technology of living organisms or biological systems to produce desired products or present a service. The advance of these high-tech technologies in various fields of everyday life has led to biotechnology to be prioritized in 1404 prospective document of Iran. This advanced technology has been able to present various valuable services in many domains including industries, environmental sciences, medicine and agriculture, and has also been the base of many knowledge-based enterprises leading to economic prosperity in many countries. The Biotechnology Group has eight faculty members in two special fields of Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology and Bio-medical Engineering.
This group has been accepting M.Sc. students in Industrial and Environmental Engineering and Bio-chemo-medical Engineering since 1390. The establishment of doctoral studies in the mentioned fields and M.Sc. in Metabolic Engineering is also under way.
Industrial and Environmental Engineering: In this field, students will use knowledge in genetic engineering, cellular biology, fermentation, and cell culture to create biological products in an industrial scale.
Bio-chemo-medical Engineering: This field focuses on the application of engineering in medical sciences aiming to use engineering to develop systems that can replace the body organs, or by modeling the natural movement of the body diagnose and treat movement disorders.
Medical Engineering Group
This discipline combines medical sciences and engineering and aims to solve clinical problems using engineering. Recent advances in engineering has led to the emergence of novel methods in medicine for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, which is progressing each day. The progress in electronics, mechanical engineering, metallurgy and interdisciplinary sciences has led to the development of fields such as biomechanics, bioelectronics, biomaterials and tissue engineering.
This group is accepting M.Sc. and Ph.D. students in the following fields:
Nanobiotechnology: This is an interdisciplinary field aiming to create and manipulate systems in the range of 1-100 nanometers using novel tools for biological purposes. This is a field merging physics, chemistry, biology and engineering which has become one of the scientific focuses of the 21st century. This field combines nanotechnology and biotechnology to create a series of novel materials and systems to be used for medical, environmental and agricultural purposes.
Biomimetics: This is a new field in science which studies natural systems and processes in order to create solutions for human problems. This field can be defined as a conscious strategy to observe and copy the fundamentals of design in nature. Biomimetics was first used by Otto Schmitt in 1957 in his doctoral dissertation in which he designed a physical tool copying the electrical systems of neurons. Biomimetics is derived from the Greek word ‘biomimesis' which is made of ‘bio' meaning life and ‘mimesis' meaning imitation. Even though biological emulation is possible in various scales, biomimetics is mainly studied in microscopic and molecular ranges. The reason for choosing this field is that a big portion of natural design is found in the nanometer scale.
Molecular Biotechnology Lab (Mohammad Barshan Tashnizi)
Material Synthesis Lab (Ali Hossein Rezayan)
Organic bio recycling Lab (Mahdi Zarabi)
Plant cell & Tissue culture Lab (Mahdi Rahaie Jahromi)
Cell Culture Lab (Faramarz Mehrnejad)
Computational Biology Lab (Bahman Vahidi)
Tissue Engineering Lab (Jhamak Nourmohammadi kouhanestani)
Nano Engineering & Bio Processing Lab (Ashraf Sadat Hatamian Zaremi)