Agri-food biotechnology

The educational program Agri-food biotechnology

Master's program (2 years)

Institute of Life Sciences and Biomedicine (School)

Far Eastern Federal University

Entry Requirements: Portfolio Contest


Agri-food biotechnology is a global trend, an important part of the green economy. Biotechnologists, graduates of this direction, are scientists and engineers who are able to put into practice modern methods of bioengineering and biotransformation, modern technologies for obtaining target products, as well as modeling biotechnological processes and designing production organizations.

Biotechnologist is a profession of the 21st century. Today, hunger, ecology and traditional technologies in the field of food industry are important for the whole world, agriculture is not able to cope with the need to expand food production along with maintaining ecological balance. To achieve this, fundamentally new approaches and methods are needed, which are provided by modern agri-food biotechnology. In combination with innovative biotechnological methods, including microbiological synthesis, enzymatic catalysis is a tool for the rapid design and creation of new types of agrobiotechnological products for the food industry.

In the conditions of the modern labor market, the profession of a biotechnologist with a specialization in the field of agri-food biotechnology is in high demand in organizations of various forms of ownership: in state research and production associations, in small and medium-sized businesses, including foreign ones.


In the process of study, students study basic disciplines, disciplines of choice and optional.

Basic disciplines:

Science Support Module for Biotechnology (Research methodology and patent search in biotechnology, Research Methods in Biotechnology, Modern trends in the development of biotechnology, Bioinformatics).

Module "Safety and quality of food raw materials and food products" Safety and biosecurity of agri-food raw materials and food products, Quality and safety management systems for bioproducts).

Module "Agri-food biotechnology" (Fundamentals of digital biotechnology, Foodomics and technological innovations in the food industry, Biotechnology of feed and premixes, Science-intensive technologies for deep processing of hydrobionts, Enzymatic and microbial conversion, Agricultural biotechnology and biotechnology of raw materials of animal and vegetable origin, Biotechnology of genetically modified raw materials and foodstuffs, Design and organization of production of agro-food biotechnology).

Disciplines of choice: International legal framework for ensuring the safety and quality of agri-food raw materials and food products, Hardware and software for biotechnological production, Biotechnological process control systems, Biotechnology for the production of functional foods, Biotechnology for the production of specialized food products, Biotechnological features of the production of plant products, Biotechnological features of the production of products of animal origin.

Optional disciplines: Nutriciology, Efficiency of biotechnological productions.

Main directions of scientific activity:

Ø research, production and use of biologically active substances, enzymes, microorganisms, cell cultures, products of their biosynthesis and biotransformation;

Ø creation of technologies for obtaining new types of products, feed and food protein, functional and technological additives, functional and specialized food products, functional mixtures, vitamins;

Ø biotechnologies of rational use of bioresources;

Ø biotechnologies for deep processing of industrial waste in various areas;

Ø biotechnology of feed additives, premixes and biofertilizers;

Ø biotechnology of products obtained using microbiological synthesis, biocatalysis, genetic engineering and nanobiotechnologies;

Ø non-traditional technologies, methods for obtaining genetically modified objects, including plants;

Ø using the methods of modern bioengineering, design, modeling of biosynthesis and biotransformation processes.

Practical skills acquired by students:

Ø creation of biotechnologies for obtaining biologically active compounds, new types of food and agricultural products, including products obtained using microbiological synthesis, biocatalysis, nanobiotechnologies; creation of modern technologies in the field of deep processing to obtain value-added products;

Ø development of scientific and technical documentation and technological regulations for the production of biotechnological agri-food products in accordance with the requirements of sanitary, veterinary norms and rules, HACCP, GMP and ISO standards;

Ø organization and implementation of technological processes for the production of agri-food products, incoming quality control of microbiological, agricultural, food raw materials and auxiliary materials, production control of semi-finished products;

Ø implementation of technological and biotechnological processes and productions in accordance with the observance of legislative and regulatory national and international acts.

Graduates of the master's program "Agri-Food Biotechnology" are in great demand among employers in Primorsky Krai, Russia, including foreign ones, because they have unique competencies and skills acquired in the learning process.

Practical training of students is carried out:

Ø on the basis of FEFU in research centers and laboratories,

Ø on the basis of scientific and industrial organizations (partners of the program or at the choice of the student).

Partners scientific and academic: Harbin Commercial University (China), Nihon University (Japan), Bohai University (China), Jagiellonian University (Poland), Tokai University (Japan), Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution “FNTs Agrobiotechnologies of the Far East named after A.I. A.K. Chayka FEB RAS, FGBOU VO "Primorsky State Agricultural Academy",   Pacific Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry. G.B. Elyakova, FSC Biodiversity FEB RAS, Pacific Branch of FGBNU VNIRO (TINRO).

Industrial partners: Holding company "Arnika" LLC (located in the advanced development area "Nadezhdinskaya"), Agro-industrial holding "Ratimir", Holding company "SGB Management" (Primorsky Confectioner, Artemovsky Dairy Plant, "Green-Agro"), Food production association "Nikolsk", Trading house "VIK", LLC "Pepsi Co", OJSC "Vladkhleb", LLC Rusagro-Primorye, LLC Mercy Trade».

Partner Universities for Student Exchange: Harbin Commercial University (China), Jagiellonian University (Poland), Tokai University (Japan), Tokyo University of Agriculture (Japan).

Students successfully participate in internships, exchange programs and international scientific events.

Students can choose an individual trajectory for building a career from the 1st year, participating in the scientific club "Biotechnology", undergoing practical training in scientific and industrial organizations.

The main career paths are:

Ø Research and academic trajectory career development is carried out from undergraduate to doctoral student, taking part in various competitions and grants, receiving various categories of scholarships.

Ø Applied and research trajectory in the process of practical training, students successfully form a career in:

ü State regulatory and supervisory authorities,

ü International and Russian R&D companies,

ü Agro-industrial holdings,

ü Research centers, Laboratories, Institutes,

ü Organizations for the design of biotechnological and food production.

Areas of employment of graduates:

Ø research laboratories of universities and high-tech companies;

Ø research and testing laboratories of industrial enterprises;

Ø modern companies for the production of raw materials and ingredients for enterprises of all branches of the agricultural and food industries;

Ø biotechnology companies and companies producing and processing food raw materials;

Ø agri-food holdings;

Ø enterprises operating in the field of agricultural technology and the food industry.

Graduates of this program have competencies for professional implementation in research, production, technological, organizational and managerial activities in the field of food industry and agriculture.

Key lecturers and experts:

Tabakaeva Oksana V., Doctor of Technical Sciences, professor, expert in the field of resource-saving technologies and marine biotechnology.

Kadnikova Irina A., Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, expert in the field of digital biotechnology, aquaculture.

Shulgina Lidia V., Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor, expert in the field of biotechnology and biosafety.

Dubnyak Yana V., Ph.D., Associate Professor, expert in the field of microbial biomodification and medical microbiology

Educational program experts:

Piekoszewski Wojciech Piotr - an expert in the field of toxicology and food expertise, PhD, DSc, chief researcher of the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Biotesting, provides scientific advice to undergraduates;

Ishchenko Sergey A. - an expert in the field of technology and food production, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Honored Worker of the Food Industry of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Primorsky Territory Legislative Assembly Committee on Economic Policy and Property, President of the Nikolsk Association of Food and processing industry of Ussuriysk and Ussuriysk region;

Inshakov Sergey V. - an expert in the field of technology and maintenance tools in agriculture, Ph.D., associate professor, deputy general director for general issues of PPO Nikolsk LLC,

Associate Professor of the Department of Metrology, Standardization and Certification, Primorsky State Agricultural Academy,

Emelyanov Aleksey N. - expert in the field of plant growing, biotechnology of plant raw materials, Ph.D. PhD, director of the Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution “FNTs Agrobiotechnologies of the Far East named after A.I. A.K. Chayka.

Program Manager:

Marina Kiseleva, PhD,

Head of the educational program,

 Tel. +7 (423) 265-24-24 ext.1003