About Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology
The Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Gdansk and Medical University of Gdansk (IFB UG & MUG) has been established in 1993 by the decision of the Senates of both universities. The Faculty is an unique institution in Poland created by two universities. This leads to the interdisciplinary character of the conducted research and teaching by combining biomedical and bio-molecular issues and their applications in biotechnology for health and life quality.
Presently, IFB employs 66 people, including 17 professors and 29 doctors. Taking into account PhD students, approximately 180 people take part in research and teaching. Since 1999, the IFB has had the rights to confer the degree of doctor, and since 2010 – the scientific degree of habilitated doctor in the area of biological sciences – discipline of biochemistry. The Faculty runs BSc, MSc and PhD studies, educating over 360 students, including 90 doctoral students.
IFB is a leading research and teaching institution that since 2002 has had the status of the European Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biomedicine. In 2014, in a parametric assessment of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education regarding scientific effectiveness, the Faculty was granted category A status and earned the third place. The quality of teaching at the Faculty is evaluated as the highest in Poland. In 2011, the Polish Accreditation Committee awarded the Faculty with a distinction for the quality of teaching, and in 2012 the Ministry of Science and Higher Education granted the specialty of BIOTECHNOLOGY at the IFB the title of The Best Major.
The high assessment of research and teaching is linked with the contributions made by the Faculty staff. Faculty members play important functions in international societies and scientific commissions, such as EMBO, COST, ScanBalt, EFSA. IFB staff are also laureates of prestigious programs and awards, including awards for young scientists.
We are leaders in research at molecular level in the area of chaperone proteins, molecular virology, neoplasm growth and metastases, bacterial plant pathogens, and in developing new therapeutic and diagnostic methods. We have created an unique education system in which students are involved in research and teaching based on international cooperation.
Both the research and the educational programs at IFB have an interdisciplinary character and are based on international cooperation. Our strategic partners are: the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (Poland), a European network of research centers within the MOBI4Health project and the association ScanBalt BioRegion. Moreover, IFB cooperates with numerous international and regional research centers like: Karolinska Institut, CIB Madrid, University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Polish Academy of Sciences.
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