Biotechnology Training Program Overview
This NIH-sponsored Biotechnology Predoctoral Training Program (NIGMS, T32-GM008359) trains pharmaceutical scientists with the expertise needed to contribute to the development of biotechnology-derived drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic agents. This training program consists of three major areas, including the traditional “Pharmaceutics” (i.e., formulation, analysis, and delivery), vaccine development, and protein structure/ bioinformatics. The trainees receive training in the traditional areas of pharmaceutics (e.g., physical, physical organic, and analytical chemistry) as well as formal didactic training in physical biochemistry and biopharmaceutics. The trainees enter the training program after the first or second year of graduate school. All students participating in the Predoctoral Training Program in Biotechnology at The University of Kansas are required to satisfy (a) course requirements from their home department for a Ph.D. degree, and (b) course requirements for the biotechnology training program, including both core and elective courses. Normally, these courses will be completed by students by the end of their third year in the graduate program. All trainees are expected to complete an industrial internship at a pharmaceutical, vaccine or biotechnology company, typically over a 3-6 month period, unless they have had significant previous experience in such an environment. The trainees must also attend the Quarterly Biotechnology Meetings, Biotechnology Seminar Series, Yearly KU Retreat, and Biannual University of Colorado-University of Kansas (CU-KU) Joint Biotechnology Symposium. The most critical experience, however, is achieved through each student’s dissertation research in biotechnology-related projects ranging from basic and applied research problems in the formulation, delivery, analysis, structure and bioinformatics of macromolecules and vaccine antigens. The trainees are encouraged to present their research results at local and national meetings, internal symposiums sponsored by the trainee’s home department and KU Graduate School as well as international meetings when possible.