The Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology was established in May 2011 on the basis of the Department of Biology and Biotechnology. The first head of the department was PhD, Professor Rustem Tukenovich Omarov, who headed the department until 2021. At the moment, the department is headed by Candidate of Biological Sciences, acting associate professor Masalimov Zhaksylyk Kayyrbekovich.
The mission of the department, as an educational and scientific unit of the university, carrying out educational and scientific activities is to train highly qualified, competitive specialists in accordance with international standards; to activate fundamental and applied research in the field of biotechnology.
The department implements bachelor's degree programs 6B05101 "Plant Biotechnology and Microbiology", 6B05102 - "Animal Biotechnology and Bioinformatics", magistracy 7M05103 – Molecular Biotechnology and Biomedicine, 7M05104 General and Applied Biotechnology
The staff of the department consists of 27 people, including 2 doctors of sciences, 16 candidates of sciences and PhD doctors, of which 4 professors, 15 associate professors and 5 senior teachers.
Among the teachers of the department there are 5 holders of the State educational grant "The Best teacher of the year", 3 holders of the International Scholarship of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Bolashak".
The Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology annually participates in the ranking of educational programs in chemistry, repeatedly winning prizes. For 2021-2022, 3rd place in the Atameken rating, in 2020-2021, 2nd place in the NAAR rating.
Accreditation in the ASIIN Agency (Germany) confirms compliance with quality assurance standards in the European Higher Education Area ESG and the World Federation of Medical Education WFME, is included in the European Quality Assurance Register EQAR, is recognized by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education ENQA and the following world accreditation agencies: INQAAHE – International Network of quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education; CHEA/CIQG – International Quality Group of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the USA; IREG – the International Observatory for Academic Ranking and Excellence; CEENQA – the Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in the Field of Higher Education in Central and Eastern Europe; APQN – the Asia-Pacific Network for Quality Assurance, AQAAIW - the Association of Quality Assurance Agencies of Education in the Islamic World.
The following Bachelor's degree program 6B05102 - "Plant Biotechnology and Microbiology" – was accredited by the independent accreditation and rating agency ASIIN for 5 years, the Master's program 7M05103 – Molecular Biotechnology and Biomedicine for 5 years. All of the above accredited OP are included in the DEQAR register, so our graduates can continue their studies or get a job in Europe, Asia, America.
One of the components of success is the high publication activity of the teaching staff. Over the past 3 years, more than 40 articles have been published in journals included in the Web of Science, Scopus databases, more than 7 professors and associate professors of the department have a Hirsch index of more than 3.
The department conducts fundamental and applied research in the following areas: oxidative stress of plants, mechanisms of RNA interference, the influence of environmental stress factors on plant development, peculiarities of growing hydrobionts in the aquaponic system, the study of salt stress in plants, fish molybdenum enzymes.
Classes are held in three languages (Russian, Kazakh, English). The incoming academic mobility of students is widely developed, so over the past 2 years, 3 citizens from Russia have been studying, and students have also studied at universities of the Republic of Belarus, France, Russia, Japan, Armenia, Romania, Poland, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Finland on outgoing mobility. Our professors have lectured at universities in Spain (University of Seville, Seville), the University of Natal in Pietersmaritzburg, South Africa. The research was carried out at the scientific centers of Ben-Gurion University at Beersheba, Israel, the Pushchinsky Scientific Center of Biotechnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (PNC RAS), the A.N.Bach Institute of Biochemistry (Russia), the Institute of Genetics in Gatersleben (Germany), at the University of Bayreuth (Bavaria).
Classes are conducted not only by the faculty of the department, but also by invited foreign scientists Dr. Timur Yunusov, Marat Saparbayev, Dos Sarbasov.
The professors of the department are members of the editorial board of the Bulletin of the Eurasian National University. Biological Sciences series.
6B05101 - "Plant Biotechnology and Microbiology"
6B05102 - "Animal Biotechnology and Bioinformatics"
7M05103 - "Molecular Biotechnology and Biomedicine"
7М05104 - "General and Applied Biotechnology".