Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Program (TL1)

TL1: Regenerative Medicine Training Program

Regenerative medicine represents the next evolution of medical treatments through the replacement, engineering, or regeneration of damaged human cells, tissues, or organs to restore normal function. This groundbreaking field of medicine truly encompasses the concept of “bench to bedside” translational and personalized medicine research. Both the CTSI and BU School of Medicine place a strong emphasis on regenerative medicine, which also plays a central role in NCATS’ mission of expediting personalized medicine and the discovery and rapid delivery of cell-based therapeutic and pharmacologic approaches to market.

The result of interest sparked by an Affinity Research Collaborative (ARC) on iPSC, the Regenerative Medicine Training Program (RMTP)—CTSI’s new transformative 2-year TL1 program—aims to support the creation of a pipeline of well-trained scientists and future leaders in the field of translational research by:

  • Providing an innovative, integrative, and interdisciplinary training program, based on CTSA nationally developed competencies and leveraging the unique and internationally recognized strength of BU;
  • Facilitating translational team science interactions, synergistically bridging research strengths with interdisciplinary approaches;
  • Engaging pre- and post-doctorates who have already excelled and whose research would be transformed with the inclusion of regenerative medicine expertise and resources, making “today’s trainees the teachers of tomorrow;”
  • Offering ongoing career and research guidance by mentors (primary and secondary) who have led successful, cross-disciplinary, sustained teams in groundbreaking areas and participated in the train-the-mentor program.

Created in collaboration with the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM), with its extensive faculty expertise, vast networking capabilities, and state-of-the-art facilities and resources, the RMTP TL1 will provide scientific expertise, laboratory, and financial support to trainees from many different departments and biological disciplines across BU, such as dentistry, medicine, surgery, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiology, and biomedical engineering.

Integrating CReM as a training facility is a win-win for students and the institution alike. Regenerative medicine has been the most sought after discipline for BU School of Medicine PhD applicants, and the CReM faculty receives the greatest number of requests from matriculating students to conduct their PhD thesis work. Until the establishment of the RMTP TL1 program, only a limited number of students could be accepted. The program will thus not only increase the capacity of trainees within the CReM but also extend the scope of regenerative medicine research to other disciplines.

Tools to develop TL1 competencies, some examples

  • Creation of a Thesis Committee to provide a well-rounded approach to thesis aims
  • Participation in national stem cell workshops
  • Responsible Conduct of Research coursework
  • CREST workshops on grant writing skills
  • Advanced presentation skills training
  • Research implementation and statistical support through courses such as Stem Cell Biology, Molecules to Molecular Therapeutics and Biostatistics with Computing.
  • CReM seminars by top national and international scientists
  • Seminars and workshops on the importance of understanding diversity in the context of translational studies and data outcome
  • Creation of Individual Development Plans to maps out career paths

In addition to eligible postdoctoral fellows, the RMTP TL1 is open to the top PhD students in the Biomedical Sciences at BU’s Medical Campus and those in Biomedical Engineering, Biology and Chemistry at BU Charles River Campus. Students must apply in their second  year of graduate school.

For further information on RMTP faculty and staff, click here.

 

Post-Doctoral
Trainee Appointment Start Date Appointment End Date

TL1 Trainees

Beth Bragdon 10/1/2015 5/31/2016
Esak Lee 1/1/2016 8/31/2016
Chih-Sheng Yang 3/28/2016 9/30/2016
Amalia Capilla Villanueva 6/1/2016 5/31/2018
Zhongyan Wang 1/1/2017 12/31/2018
Sara Lewandowski 2/1/2017 1/31/2019
Amira Hussein 2/1/2017 1/31/2018
Hua Liu 11/1/2017 10/31/2018
Pre-Doctoral
Trainee Appointment Start Date Appointment End Date
Benjamin Blum 10/1/2015 9/30/2017
Kerri Dame 10/1/2015 9/30/2017
Anjali Jacob 10/1/2015 8/31/2016
Richard Giadone 4/1/2016 3/31/2018
Timothy A. Norman 6/1/2016 5/31/2017
Whitney Manhart 7/1/2016 6/30/2018
Yuliang Sun 9/1/2016 8/31/2018
Delia Lopez 10/1/2017 9/30/2019
Elissa Everton 3/1/2018 2/28/2019
Kristine Abo 3/26/2018 3/25/2019


Master of Science Program in Biomedical Research: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Science

The Master of Science in Biomedical Research Technologies is a new one-year program designed to prepare future experts with a solid grasp of the principles underlying various research core technologies operations, its relevance to an array of biomedical problems and the technical skills to implement these technologies. Visit http://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/biomedicalresearchtech/ to learn more.