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Master in Biochemistry. Faculty of Chemistry University of Belgrade. How the program was created. Survey of employed biochemists (1997-2007) New, emerging trends in Biochemistry Position of the MS within the study programs at the Faculty of Chemistry

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master in biochemistry

Master in Biochemistry

Faculty of Chemistry

University of Belgrade

how the program was created
How the program was created
  • Survey of employed biochemists (1997-2007)
  • New, emerging trends in Biochemistry
  • Position of the MS within the study programs at the Faculty of Chemistry
  • Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology study programs at Universities in Serbia
  • The Low of Higher Education from 2006 – accreditation process
planning phase of the master in biochemistry development
Planning phase of the Master in Biochemistry development
  • Curriculum Advisory Committee
    • Prof. dr Vesna Niketic
    • Assoc. Prof. dr Marija Gavrovic-Jankulovic
    • Assoc. Prof. dr Tanja Cirkovic Velickovic
    • Dr. Nenad Milosavic, IHTM
    • Dr. Dragana Stanic, IHTM
    • Dr. Natalija Polovic
    • Milos Filipovic
    • Jelena Acimovic
  • Alumni, gathering data and information, survey of employed graduate biochemists
    • mr Milan Nikolic
survey conducted in 2007 employment of graduate biochemists
Survey conducted in 2007: Employment of graduate biochemists
  • 34 % research/industry sector abroad
  • 33 % research laboratories
  • 12 % industry in Serbia (25 % are employed by the Torlak Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera)
  • Education sector, private sector etc
emerging fields in modern biochemistry
Emerging fields in modern biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Biotechnology
    • Sophisticated techniques widely applied
structure of the master program
Structure of the Master Program
  • 2 compulsory subjects (12 ECTS)
    • Covering emerging new fields in Biochemistry
  • 2 elective subjects (8 ECTS)
    • Allowing fine-tuning of graduates towards plant biotechnology, immunobiology or structural analysis of biomolecules
  • Research work (20 ECTS)
  • Master thesis (20 ECTS)
  • Faculty of Biology
    • Institute of Botany
    • Institute of Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Faculty of Chemistry
    • Department of Biochemistry
    • Department of Organic Chemistry
msdp project objectives
MSDP project objectives
  • Development and modifications of courses
  • e-learning
  • Establishing twinning with EU institutions
  • Reinforcing connections with the labor market
  • Facilities reinforcement and upgrade towards establishing laboratory for Molecular Biotechnology and the FCUB
twinning partner
Twinning partner
  • University of Plovdiv, Genomics Center
    • Faculty of Biology
      • Master in Bioinformatics
      • Master in Molecular Biotechnology
  • Visiting lecturers
    • Bioinformatics
      • Genome analysis, Analysis of microarrays, RNA structure prediction, Phylogenetic prediction
    • Contemporary Biochemical Methods - Molecular Biotechnology
      • Cloning strategies, Mutagenesis
    • Plant Biochemistry and Physiology
      • Plant Biotechnology, Transgenic Plants, Plant Tissue Culture, Plant Growth and Development, Senescence
labor market partner involvement
Labor market partner involvement
  • Torlak Institute of Virology, Vaccine and Sera
    • Invited experts (within the course of Contemporary Biochemical methods - Molecular Biotechnology – production of sera, vaccines and preparations for allergy diagnosis and immunotherapy)
    • Internships
    • Participation in MS committees
    • Co-supervision of MS theses
learning outcomes
Learning outcomes …

At the end of this study a student would be able to:

  • perform complex analysis and individual research tasks in the field biochemistry and molecular biotechnology
  • independently solve problems
  • to analyze, evaluate, present results of scientific work in a poster or oral presentation
learning outcomes1
Learning outcomes…
  • to work efficiently in a team and in an multidisciplinary environment
  • to translate knowledge and apply skills into practice in laboratories and research institutions, control laboratories etc
  • to communicate knowledge and practical skills to professionals in the same and related fields
  • to disseminate knowledge to other members of the research team and/or production unit
implementation of the project
Implementation of the project
  • 2007 First versions of curricula and accreditation 2007
  • 2009 Development and modification of courses
  • March 2009 First training seminar organized by WUS
  • April 2009 Meeting with the Accreditation committee, no need for additional accreditation of the study programme
  • June 2009 Visit to University of Plovdiv, Department of Physiology and Molecular Biology, Genomics center, meetings with guest lecturers and reviewers
  • June 2009 first e-learning seminar
  • September 2009 Second training seminar organized by WUS
  • October 2009 Enrollment of MS students
  • October 2009 literature purchase
implementation of the project1
Implementation of the project
  • October 2009 – March 2010 Writing and publishing scripts
  • October 2009 – February 2010 equipment purchase
  • Establishment of a Molecular biotechnology laboratory by the end of March 2010
  • November 2009, December 2009, April 2010 guest lectures,
  • April-May 2010 Internships to Torlak Institute and visiting lectures of Torlak experts
  • September 2010 finalizing transfer of parts of compulsory courses into e-learning courses within Master in Biochemistry study programme
reinforcing connections with the labor market
Reinforcing connections with the labor market
  • Survey of companies that traditionally employ graduate biochemists
  • To disseminate information to potential employees
  • To make alumni of graduate biochemists
plans for future sustainability of the twinning with the pu
Plans for future sustainability of the twinning with the PU
  • Following successful application of the FCUB within the FP7-RegPot2010-5 call, supported by the PU, Genomics Center, as one of 8 EU partners on the project, the funding (1.363 mEuro) will be obtained for “Reinforcing FCUB towards becoming a centre of excellence in the region of WB for food research and molecular biotechnology” for the period of 2010-2012
  • Support will be obtained for:
    • Mutual experts visits
    • Mutual researchers visits in order to exchange know-how within the field of bioinformatics and molecular biotechnology
    • Prof. Ivan Minkov (twinning coordinator) annual visits to the FCUB, as a member of the Advisory Board of the project
    • Upgrading facilities for molecular biotechnology and food research and establishment of the first Proteomics center in Serbia
final analysis and assessment
Final analysis and assessment
  • Comparison with the existing curriculum and syllabus
  • Report
  • Dissemination
  • Guidelines for revision
  • Adjusting existing curricula
monitoring and evaluation
Monitoring and evaluation
  • Curriculum Advisory Board
  • Alumni Meetings
  • More efficient networking with stakeholders