Translational Research in Biomaterials (TRB)

TRB is an NIH-awarded T32 training grant. In this program, young women and men learn how to translate their research ideas from the laboratory to the clinic. The program’s mission is to train PhD students as interdisciplinary and translational research scientists who have: 1) a fundamental and quantitatively-based understanding of materials, polymer chemistry, surface science, molecular and cellular biology, and relevant engineering technologies; 2) the capacity to assess emergent properties and behavior across multiple levels (molecular-to-macroscopic) of a material or biological system; 3) research experience in interdisciplinary programs that promote discussion and scientific inquiry in areas outside of the student’s comfort zone; and 4) training in societal impacts of new technology, public policy, ethics, clinical trials, and basic business.

The capstone of the TRB program is the educational curriculum that includes biomaterials courses, a clinical trials course, an entrepreneurial/business course, as well as medical grand rounds and surgery theater for exposure to patient care. The program exposes students to research challenges outside of their specialty and promotes interpersonal skills for cross-disciplinary communication. These skills are essential in future careers as graduates join teams that combine diverse backgrounds to meet a common goal or objective in research, development, commercialization, regulatory activities, or public policy.

Training young scientists and engineers in biomaterials (including tissue-engineering approaches) will facilitate the implementation of biomaterial-based technologies in the clinic.  If you are interested in this training program, please contact co-directors,  Professors Mark Grinstaff ( and Tyrone Porter (