Biotechnology: Research Problem

The statement of the Biotechnology research problem is the first major section of your proposal and is organized into the parts described below. Ultimately, this section will be further developed to form the basis of the abstract of your actual thesis.

The research problem establishes a foundation that justifies and explains the reason(s) why your proposed research is the next logical step.

  • Example: determine the cause of a new, emerging illness that may have grown to outbreak status

In addition to providing a brief background, research question, hypothesis, and the methods you wish to utilize, this section will effectively emphasize conclusions and broader implications.

  • The broader implications of your research, within your biotechnology field should be discussed
  • For instance, the potential implications for the example above might include setting the stage for development of diagnostic tools, treatment, and most importantly, elimination of the outbreak