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 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.
The NIGMS Training Program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering at Rensselaer focuses on three research thrusts in biotechnology, 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, nolecular biology & bioinformatics] and provide core competence to Trainees in biotechnology, life sciences, engineering, data science and entrepreneurship.
Twenty-two Faculty Trainers are available to mentor/co-mentor each Trainee. These twenty-two Faculty Trainers provide courses/training in four core areas and five training areas with an overall goal of producing outstanding Ph.D.s with expertise in one or more of the three focal areas. Each of the three focal areas lie 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.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
NIGMS supports basic research that increases our understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. NIGMS-funded scientists investigate how living systems work at a range of levels from molecules and cells to tissues and organs, in research organisms, humans, and populations. Additionally, to ensure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise, NIGMS provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists, in enhancing the diversity of the scientific workforce, and in developing research capacity throughout the country.
To provide Trainees with:
- A keen understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of research
- How it depends on fundamental underpinnings in both science and engineering
- How it leads to innovative new scientific disciplines and technologies
- Knowledge of commercial product development and start-up evolution
- Skills for career exploration and professional advancement
- Joint supervision and multidisciplinary Ph.D. thesis committee
- Industrial internship (2-3 months)
- Mandatory Courses:
- Ethical Considerations in Biotechnology
- Perspectives in Biomolecular Science and Engineering
- Courses in 4 core areas of biomolecular science and engineering
- Training in entrepreneurship and commercial translation
- Training in professional development
- Training enrichment in human health, physiology, and disease through symposia with clinical/industry partners
- Frontiers in Biotechnology Seminar Series
- Industrial Lecture Series in Biotechnology
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
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