National Institutes of Health Biomolecular Science and Engineering Training Program

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Rensselaer Biomolecular Sciences and Engineering Program Training Overview
Overview of Predoctoral Training Program

The heart of biotechnology is at the Engineering-Life Science interface, where biological problems are amenable to engineering tools, and biology is becoming more quantitative. As Engineers become more and more familiar with biology and start applying analytical solutions to biological problems, students need to be trained in interdisciplinary research so they can gain from direct interactions at the engineering-life science interface. Nowhere is this more evident than at the biomolecular level.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute continues its National Institutes of Health training program for doctoral students in Biomolecular Science and Engineering. The grant, along with matching funds from Rensselaer, provides funding for six Ph.D. candidates annually. The fellowships cover full tuition and provide a stipend of up to $23,000 annually for two years. Women and minority students are especially encouraged to apply.   Twenty-five faculty participate in the program.

Program Overview

The Biomolecular Science and Engineering Training Program at Rensselaer focuses on three research thrusts to provide primary opportunity of expanding biotechnology at Rensselaer, namely Synthetic Biology & Biomanufacturing, Regenerative Engineering & Biotherapeutics, and Computational Biology & Bioinformatics.

These research thrusts lead to various combinations of the five training areas [Biocatalysis, Bioseparations, Biomaterials, Biomolecular-Structure-Function-&-Analysis, Molecular Biology & Bioinformatics] and provide core competence to our predoctoral trainees in Biotechnology, Life Science, Data Science and Entrepreneurship. 

Twenty-five faculty trainers are available to mentor/co-mentor each predoctoral trainee.  These twenty-five faculty trainers provide courses/training in four core areas and five training areas with an overall goal of producing outstanding PhDs with expertise in the one or more of the three focal areas. Each of the three focal area lies at the interface of the life sciences with key interactions in applied mathematics and information, engineering, the physical and mathematical sciences, and the enabling role of technologies in bioinstrumentation, bioimaging biosensors, biochips, and genomics/proteomics. The focal areas are built on the foundations of biomolecular science and engineering. Four departmental programs (Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Chemistry and Chemical Biology) that comprise the Training Program are engaged in one or more of these focal areas.

What Is NIGMS?

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is one of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. By supporting basic biomedical research and training nationwide, NIGMS lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Who Can Apply?

  • Must be either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. for the NIGMS fellowships.
  • Applicant must possess strong undergraduate/ graduate GPA and GRE scores.
  • Applicant must be qualified for admission to the Ph.D. program or already enrolled in the Ph.D. program in one of the participating departments at Rensselaer; Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biological Engineering and Chemistry & Chemical Biology.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a strong interest and research potential in biomolecular science and/or engineering.
  • Applicant must provide at least two letters of recommendation in support of the fellowship application.

How to Apply

  • Secure faculty recommendations that demonstrate your potential for success at Rensselaer and qualifications for the NIGMS Fellowship.
  • Submit application materials to the CBIS Training Grant Administrative Coordinator, Ryan Weaver at weaver@rpi.edu.

NIH Training Grant Program Contact

Dr. Deepak Vashishth, Training Program (T32; NIGMS) Director
Biomolecular Sciences and Engineering
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, BT 2213
Troy, NY 12180-3590
vashid@rpi.edu
(518) 276-2296