This interdepartmental study program is designed to provide third year students with an opportunity to perform laboratory-based research in the broad area of biomedical and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. It can be either basic science or clinically focused. The program is designed to provide research opportunities to students interested in the quantitative understanding of the physiology of cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and whole animals or people, populations, as well as the efficacy of various therapies. The mentors have laboratories that investigate these areas at the molecular, microscopic, and macroscopic levels and utilize whole animal, organ, cellular, and molecular models or in vitro simulation of disease states. The development and employment of new instrumentation may be a component of the research effort, as well as the use of versatile cell based therapies, including adult stem cells. Emphasis in the student experience is placed upon the teaching of the quantitative method of understanding biological systems. The student is expected to learn to formulate hypotheses, to develop appropriate methods to test such hypotheses and to use statistical methods to draw conclusions form their data. Each student selects a faculty preceptor in consultation with the study program director and an individual research plan is developed. Students who wish to enter this program are not required or expected to have any engineering background.
Director: Bruce Klitzman, Ph.D.