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With an emphasis on environmental biotechnology, the goal of the biotechnology program at the University of Houston (UH) is to provide interdisciplinary STEM education, research and training. Using the soil bacterium Pseudomonas diminuta as a model, the interdisciplinary, research-based undergraduate lab curriculum is being developed in a modular format in collaboration with industry and academic partners. The modules (I, II, III) cover topics from microbiology, molecular biology, biomanufacturing and basic nanotechnology, enabling students to engage in research experiences during early stages of their undergraduate years. The interdisciplinary biotech labs are intended to provide hands-on experience to understand the interconnectivity between disciplines that is at the core of today's research and industrial environments.