"Admitted to the MS Biotechnology as an international student in fall 2009, I felt this University had something different to offer. My academic background was in pharmacy, but my interest was in biotechnology and genetics. Each semester I learned more and more, from a shallow knowledge of the biotech industry to a deep understanding of its mechanics. I owe my education, in part, to the didactic professors whose curriculum covered not only novel technologies, but also many concepts and machinery addressed in the laboratory. Biotechnology and the Pharmaceutical Industry is one special class, especially for students with a B.S. in Pharmacy and even students with no pharmacy background. It is one of the best classes!
My other courses in Molecular Biology, Immunology, and Biosensors & Biochips were very helpful in obtaining research positions on campus. With little lab experience, I was nervous how I would get a job in the future, but the School of Engineering made it so easy. I had numerous internships from HIV research in the NYU School of Dentistry lab to volunteering at the Weill Cornell Medical School in a cancer lab. Learning different biotechnological techniques such as ELISA, Western Blotting and Flow Cytometry in my research positions provided the background to get a full-time job following graduation. I now work as a Research Technician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center maintaining different cancer tissue cultures following mice xenografts and conducting biodistribution studies. The School of Engineering has been the most enlightening educational experience in my life. For students who want a career in the biotechnology field, the School of Engineering is the best!"