1. Required Core GTBioMAT courses:
- Rational Design of Biomaterials Course (offered every other Fall semester - odd years) - BMED 6710
- Rational Design of Biomaterials Lab (offered every other Spring semester - even years) - BMED 6711
Biomaterials elective (choose one from the following):
- Advanced Biomaterials - MSE/BMED/ME/CHBE 6777
- Cell Engineering - BMED/CHBE/ME 6782
- Tissue Engineering - BMED/CHBE/ME 6794
- Living System Modeling Analysis - BMED/ME 6740
- Materials Science of Cellular Components - MSE/BMED 6730
- Drug Design Development and Delivery - CHBE 6765
- Advanced Seminar: Biomaterials & Regenerative Medicine - BMED 7101
2. Laboratory Rotations
During the first 2 weeks on campus, trainees must meet at least 6 potential mentors and rank the top three choices, from which rotations will be determined. Trainees will do two lab rotations, each rotation lasting one semester in duration (the first rotation beginning the 3rd week of Fall semester, and the second rotation taking place during the Spring semester). One rotation’s project must focus on synthesis and characterization, and one rotation’s project must focus on a clinical/application aspect. If necessary, trainees have the option to conduct a third rotation. At the end of the last rotation, trainees and faculty will rank their top choices and research mentors will be assigned.
3. Graduate Leadership Program
Trainees are required to apply to a leadership development program the summer before their second year. The program consists of a weekend-long leadership development retreat in August and follow-up sessions throughout the academic year. During the weekend retreat, trainees partake in a series of activities to expand their understanding of leadership, values, and personal development. Other activities focus on community building and assist in the development of personal and group action plans. The follow-up sessions involve discussions centered on invited speakers, transformative books and readings, and other exercises.
4. Clinician Luncheon Series
Each month trainees will select a clinician with whom to have lunch. The interaction will provide trainees with the opportunity to gain more insight into the clinical setting and to get a clinical perspective on their research.
GTBioMAT trainees should attend Bioengineering Seminars, Learn about Industry From the Experts (LIFE) and Clinical Seminars offered throughout the year. Bioengineering Seminars provide trainees with an opportunity to learn about research conducted in various labs. LIFE introduces students to the activities within industry to bring a product through R&D to the market place and enables students to network with representatives from industries in the biotech field. The Clinical Seminar Series features one-hour lectures by clinicians focusing on basic, translational, and applied aspects of healthcare.
The program directors will serve as academic mentors, and will assist the trainees with selection of courses and lab rotations. Trainees will also have regular interactions with clinicians through the Clinician Luncheon Series to provide a clinical perspective on research. Research mentors will be selected at the end of laboratory rotations. (A list of participating faculty is on the next page.)
7. GTBioMAT Trainee interactions with Executive Committee and training faculty
- Trainees will update the Executive Committee annually on research progress and direction.
- The trainee’s thesis committee must have at least one Executive Committee member.
8. Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research
Training in the responsible conduct of research is required by NIH and by Georgia Tech. The training consists of a two-day course (offered at both Georgia Tech and Emory University) and an online training module.