The Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (DBB) was founded in 2000 in order to respond to the country’s need for new highly trained graduates in the scientific area of Biochemistry and Biotechnology. Since then, the Department’s growth was rapid in the numbers of undergraduates as well as in scientific staff and infrastructures. The DBB has 24 faculty members with expertise in modern scientific disciplines in order to support the needs of its demanding undergraduate syllabus and the five programs of postgraduate studies. Currently more than 800 biochemist-biotechnologists have been graduated and more than 580 postgraduate and 65 doctorates degrees have been awarded.

The academic and scientific excellence and extroversion are the fundamental characteristics of the Department’s academic profile. There are 8 established Research Laboratories conducting state of the art research comprising of the Laboratory of Genetics, Comparative and Evolution Biology, the Laboratory of Structural and Functional Biochemistry, the Laboratory of Molecular Biotechnology and Genomics, the Laboratory of Plant Biotechnology and Environment, the Laboratory of Animal Physiology, the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry, the Laboratory of Microbial Biotechnology-Molecular Bacteriology-Virology and the Laboratory of Bioinformatics.

The DBB has developed numerous collaborations with prestigious national and international academic institutions rendering it to an important node of innovation and research in the scientific areas of Biochemistry and Biotechnology in Greece and abroad as it is signified by (α) the attraction of more than 2 million euros of research funding during the period 2017-2020 and (b) the coordination of six research projects funded by the European Commission with annual budget over 350 thousands euros. Based on scientific excellence the DBB is ranked 5th among the departments of the University of Thessaly in funding acquisition. Based on the high expertise of its scientific staff the DBB contributes actively in basic and applied research in the areas of Health, Agrofood Sector and Environment as depicted by the generation of numerous publications in high ranking peer reviewed international scientific journals. In parallel the Department contributes actively to the development of the region of Thessaly through innovative research projects and providing services in collaboration with the private sector of Thessaly while it coordinates the first research infrastructure in Greece on Synthetic Biology in AgroFood Sector (https://www.omicengine.com/).

A high priority for the Department is the interaction with society through the development of consulting actions for the social institutions, media appearances and event organization such as visits of refugee students to the Department, online departmental tour for students of the second chance prison school in Larisa, training tutors for refugee camps, visits of faculty members to schools. It also participates to projects for popularization of science and actions such as Open Doors, Researcher’s Night, Science Festival, The Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) etc.

Facing the future, the Department’s aspiration is to continue to provide high level Education in the modern disciplines of the scientific area of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, reinforcing in parallel its position in international scientific community acting as a pole of scientific innovation in direct interaction with industry, through the development of new innovative products and practices but also with society through a continuous communication and transfer of knowledge.

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