The University of Virginia Biotechnology Training Program (BTP) addresses a strong need for a new generation of scientists capable of working across disciplines to synergize biological, chemical and engineering principles into state-of-the-art science. We offer a diverse range of outstanding training experiences that span the University’s Engineering and Medical Schools and the College of Arts and Sciences, a mission not provided by any other training program at UVa. Training offerings are at the forefront of modern science and include projects in cell, developmental and structural biology, tissue engineering, genomics and proteomics, drug design, bioprocessing, purification, and many others. Our monthly BTP Journal Club over lunch is centered on student data presentations and is a great way to get feedback on new ideas. All BTP students participate in a two to three month company externship locally, nationally or overseas. Past externships have ranged from Charlottesville to San Francisco to Sweden. In this way you experience science in industry first hand - not to target to industry but to educate about scientific life outside of academia. Once per year we also tour a Virginia or Maryland biotech company, and alternate years host a Symposium that unites leading academic and industrial scientists on common topics. The BTP is for the students by the students, and is open to all training grant eligible PhD students from science and engineering departments at UVa - including students with mentors not currently listed at the BTP site. Among these diverse experiences, most potentially fruitful are informal interactions with students of many different science disciplines – a mixture that can ignite some truly innovative ideas.
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