Institute of Biotechnology

Biotechnology has been practiced since the beginning of recorded history. Baking bread, brewing alcoholic beverages, and breeding food crops or domestic animals all involve biotechnology. Recent developments in molecular biology have given biotechnology new meaning, new importance, and new potential.  It is “modern biotechnology” that has captured the attention of the public.  Modern biotechnology can have a dramatic effect on the world economy and society. It is a broad collection of tools and these tools can be applied for a range of different purposes (e.g. genetic improvement of plant varieties and animal populations to increase their yields or efficiency; genetic characterization and conservation of genetic resources; disease diagnosis and vaccine development; improvement of feeds)
Some of the technologies may be applied to all the food and agriculture sectors, such as the use of molecular DNA markers or genetic modification, while others are more sector-specific, such as vegetative reproduction (crops and forest trees), embryo transfer and freezing (livestock) or triploidization and sex reversal (fish).

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Our Partners

The Institute of Biotechnology has the following partners inside and outside the nation that are devoted for short and long term staff capacity building, joint grant seeking, conducting collaborative research, community service and technology transfer activities.

Calgary University Alberta, Canada
Leipzig University, Germany
MMES Women arts and Science College Hakieem Nagar ,Melvisharam, Tamil Nadu, India
Beijing Institute of genomics (BIG), Chines Academy of Science (CAS). Beijing, China
Shanghai Institute of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China
The Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity and conservation, Addis Ababa
The Ethiopian Instituted of Agricultural Research, Addis Ababa
The Federal Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Addis Ababa
The Ethiopian institute of Biotechnology, Addis Ababa

These are organizations where there has been existing collaboration where formal MoU has not been signed. The institute is expected to have formal memorandum of understanding with these public organizations listed below sooner or later.

National Higher learning institutes currently offering the biotechnology courses both in the under- and post- graduate level:
Addis Ababa University, Jimma University, Arbaminch University, Mekelle University, Mekelle Institute of Technology, and Haramaya University.
National Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory center, Holetta
Amhara Regional Agricultural Research Institute
Andassa Animal Research Center
Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Addis Ababa
Ethiopian Federal Police Commission, Addis Ababa
National Veterinary Institute, Debrezeit
National Animal Health Diagnostic and Investigation, Sebetta.
Metehara, Wonji, Fincha’a and Tendaho Sugar factories