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Master's Certificate in Biotechnology

Learn to design molecular and cellular systems while earning a master's degree

Become well-prepared for a career in the fast-growing biotechnology industry.

Master's students in Duke's Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) can enhance their degree with a Certificate in Biotechnology.

As a master's biotech certificate student, you will train with faculty performing research at the cutting edge of biotechnology. You'll gain experience in modeling, analysis, and design of molecular and cellular systems.

And, you'll learn advanced biotech laboratory skills that may include molecular biology, protein expression and purification, and CRISPR genome editing.


Select four courses, including at least one that has labs (denoted by the letter L in the course number):

  • BME 562 Biology by Design
  • BME 570L Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
  • BME 577 Drug Delivery
  • BME 590L Biotechnology Design 1
  • BME 590L Biotechnology Design 2
  • BME 590L Gene Engineering Lab
  • BME 590 Synaptic Biology Synthetic Technology
  • BME 790 Bioconjugation in Biomaterials  
  • BME 790L Bioconjugation Lab


Michael D. Lynch

Michael D. Lynch

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

A researcher and entrepreneur focused on engineering microbes to produce compounds, such as biofuels, pharmacological molecules and industrial chemicals. More »

How to Apply

  1. Apply to a Duke BME master's degree program
  2. Indicate Certificate in Biotechnology on your application

Contact Duke BME

Bev Gedvillas

Bev Gedvillas

Certificate Program Coordinator
Phone: 919-660-5132