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Nanobiotechnology Workforce Training on a Shoe-String Budget
Nanotechnology is called the “Next Industrial Revolution”. Biotechnology is called as “The Science of the Millennium”. When these two powerful disciplines blend into nanobiotechnology, one can only imagine the scope and opportunities that emerge. The industry has recognized the potential of this field and is already contributing several commercialized products generated using Nanobiotechnology. People use these products in their daily life, without realizing the nanobiotechnology connection. Despite the need, there is a severe deficiency of a nanobiotechnology trained workforce, and it is a matter of great concern. The origin for this concern lies in lack of awareness about the skills, education paths, and career options for nanobiotechnology in the K-12, as well as post-secondary education. Compounding the problem is the wide-spread myth that teaching nanotechnology is not possible without expensive instrumentation.

This webinar addresses this important matter. Dr Pattarkine will share some strategies that enable low-cost, hands-on nanobiotechnology activities and projects that have been developed as a part of the workforce leadership activities undertaken through Capital Area Biotechnology Partnership (CABP) by the biotechnology program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (Harrisburg, PA).

Mar 9, 2023 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Prof. Mrunalini Pattarkine
Professor and Chair; Lead-Nanobiotechnology Initiative @Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Prof. Pattarkine has a PhD in Biochemistry from IIT Powai and has over 25 years of research experience. She has several publications and book chapters to her credit. Prof. Pattarkine also serves as the Director of Capital Area Biotechnology Partnership (CABP), a Workforce Leadership Grant in Biotechnology funded by PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED, a $700,000/-grant). She has conducted numerous workshops on STEM workforce development at national and international events, for educators and administrators and is considered an expert in the field by the state administrators.