The Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics (MBG) of Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) was established in 1999 in Alexandroupolis with a vision to become a Leader Institution in Education and Research. MBG is the only University Department in Greece dedicated to providing a curriculum in Molecular Biology and Genetics, two fast growing scientific disciplines that lie in the heart of Innovation in Health, Food, Environment and Agriculture.
The Undergraduate Program of Studies has been designed to provide a firm theoretical foundation as well as practical experience in basic and advanced technology in Molecular Biology & Genetics. During the first two years, students are exposed to basic concepts, state-of-the-art approaches and current methods of Molecular Biosciences. A variety of intermediate and advanced courses at the third and fourth year, provides an in depth exploration of Molecular Biology and Genetics as well of their applications. A number of elective courses cover current and evolving trends in basic and applied Molecular Biology and Genetics. Students particularly benefit from the diploma thesis during the final semester when they undertake their own research project either in the University or in collaborating Research Institutes. MBG graduates are employed, both nationally and internationally, in a wide variety of positions in clinical settings or research entities of the private and public health sector, in industry (pharmaceutical, food industry and others) and in teaching of Biosciences. Many MBG graduates pursue advanced degrees in Greece and abroad, having a reputable track record of prestigious fellowships and awards.
As of 2013, MBG offers a post-graduate program on “Translational Research in Molecular Biology & Genetics” which aims to prepare researchers to work at the interface of the basic Molecular Biosciences and Medicine. 20 Faculty members internationally trained and committed to academic and scientific excellence are currently employed in MBG: based on the recognition of the scientific research (citations/Faculty member) MBG ranks 7th among all the Greek S&T Departments. Moreover, based on competitive funding (funding/Faculty member) MBG ranks 1st among the Departments of DUTH. In the past 5 years MBG managed to attract more than 5 million € in competitive funding and started developing advanced common research facilities.
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