6 months Biotechnology training
The Northwestern Predoctoral Biotechnology Training Program is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program that provides select graduate students (Trainees and Cluster members) greater research and training opportunities than those available through the individual departments. It promotes interdisciplinary education in biotechnology, interactions among faculty and students with interests in biotechnology, and provides a substantial exposure of students to industrial biotechnology research. Students trained through this program are prepared to enter the biotechnology industry or pursue academic and governmental biotechnology research. The overall goals of the Northwestern Predoctoral Biotechnology Training Program are to:
- Foster a community of researchers at Northwestern University interested in the development and application of biotechnologies for therapeutic and diagnostic applications in medicine.
- Instill outstanding biotechnology trainees with the fundamentals underlying current and emerging technologies.
- Introduce trainees and the biotechnology community to a range of biomedical problems for which technologies have influenced or could influence the treatment of patients.
- Introduce trainees to leaders in biotechnology within academia and industry to facilitate the development of their personal network, which can be instrumental in launching a successful career.
- Help trainees develop communication, oral presentation, scientific writing, and grant writing skills essential to their success as independent scientists.
- Educate trainees in the ethics of science and responsible conduct of research.
Key requirements and features of the training program
(1) Course Requirements
Trainees may have taken previously or take during their graduate training the following courses which cover core subjects of modern biology & biotechnology.
- Biology Courses (Any two of the following): IBiS 402 Molecular Biology, IBiS 403 Proteomics, IBiS 404 Systems Biology, IBiS 406 Cell Biology, or IBiS 410 Quantitative Biology (required for IBiS students)
- Responsible Conduct of Research (Any one of the following): IBiS 423 (Ethics in Biological Research), GEN ENG 519 (Responsible Conduct of Research), or CHEM 519 (Responsible Conduct of Research Training)
- Advances in Biotechnology (ChBE 478)
TOTAL: 7 core courses
(2) Ph.D requirements
Each trainee must meet the PhD degree requirements of her/his chosen department or Unit, in addition to the requirements of this Training program. Trainees must be enrolled fulltime within (or admitted to) one of the participating departments in the training program. These include the interdepartmental Biological Sciences Program (IBiS), the Biomedical Engineering Department (BME), the Department of Chemistry, of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Departmet (ChBE).
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