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Training Grants and Internships

Training Grants and InternshipsThe Department of Bioengineering collaborates with research centers and institutes at Rice University and the Texas Medical Center to provide a number of training grants that offer unique opportunities, interdisciplinary seminars, lab resources, and professional development opportunities.

MDACC-Rice T32 Program

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Rice University offer a fellowship in Translational Cancer Nanotechnology. The program, which is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, provides young talented scientists with an intensive two-year research experience and training in cancer nanotechnology that is based on a close collaboration between UT MD Anderson and Rice.

The program is geared toward scientists who aim to pursue integrated, translational research that is focused on advancing promising new nanotechnology-based diagnostics and therapeutics to improve cancer care. Therefore, the training will emphasize understanding of biological and clinical needs in development of new technologies and in modification of existing technologies in nanoscience. Each fellow will be co-mentored by two program faculty - one from UT MD Anderson and one from Rice. Detailed information can be found at: www.mdanderson.org/nanotechT32

The program has two tiers

  • Predoctoral Program - provides mentorship, training, and funding for two years to students who have been accepted into a doctoral program in bioengineering, chemistry, or applied physics at Rice University and have completed one or two years of their didactic coursework.
  • Postdoctoral Program - provides a two-year fellowship to recent doctoral awardees with training in physical science, chemistry, or bioengineering with a demonstrated background and interest in nanotechnology.
Holders of an MD degree will be eligible for the program if they show a strong interest in translational cancer nanotechnology research.

Program eligibility: per program requirement fellows must be a citizen of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.

How to apply: Application packages for this year are due by May 31st and may be found at: www.mdanderson.org/nanotechT32

Translational Cancer Diagnostics and Therapeutics Research for
Bioengineers and Biophysicists 

For nearly a decade, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has supported this unique training program. It is one of 23 programs across the U.S. under HHMI's Med Into Grad initiative. Rice University's and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's Med Into Grad (MIG) program has concentrated on translational cancer diagnostics and therapeutics research for bioengineers and biophysicists. Our MIG program is not active at this time and is not accepting applications. The new MDACC-Rice T32 Program, mentioned above, grew from the successful Rice-UT MD Anderson MIG program.

Rice University/Baylor College of Medicine Neuroengineering IGERT

Neuroengineering is a rapidly emerging field that spans the traditional disciplines of neuroscience, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and bioengineering. Current efforts in neuroengineering are typically based on neuronal models that reduce cellular activity to an action potential, or “spike.” The spike then becomes the input to higher-order models of neuronal circuits. Therefore, the major scientific challenge is to record and analyze spike data from large numbers of neurons, and to understand how activity within these neural circuits characterizes neurophysiological substrates. Traditionally, this problem has been considered to belong in the domain of systems neuroscience, where experimental recording methods developed over the last decade have laid a foundation for the exciting development of brain-machine interfaces that can decode user intentions.

The goal of this jointly run program in Neuroengineering:  from Cells to Systems is to provide students with the educational and research training needed to develop new tools to understand, interface with, model, and manipulate the nervous system.

Students in this program obtain an interdisciplinary understanding of the nervous system from the level of molecular and cellular processes to the level of information processing within neural circuits composed of millions of cells. The long term goal of this research is to develop innovative approaches to the complex challenges of restoring function to individuals suffering from disorders of the nervous system. 

To apply: visit neuroengineeringigert.rice.edu

The Keck Center

The Keck Center is the training arm of the Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC). The GCC is a collaboration of basic and translational scientists, researchers, clinicians and students in the quantitative biomedical sciences who participate in joint training and research programs, utilize shared equipment and core facilities, and exchange scientific knowledge. Partner institutions include: Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Institute of Biosciences & Technology at Texas A&M Health Science Center. 

The Keck Center offers several avenues for training, mentorship, and interaction with faculty leaders and training program participants working on interdisciplinary bioscience research problems.