Translational Research in Biomaterials (TRB)

The Translational Research in Biomaterials (TRB) program is an NIH-awarded T32 training grant (T32EB006359). Our mission is to train young scientists and engineers in the “translation” of their research ideas from the laboratory to the clinic. We focus on innovative translational research, which is a national priority for the NIH and a central element of BU’s strategic focus on interdisciplinary science.

The TRB program offers a comprehensive 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. Students gain exposure to research challenges outside of their specialty and develop interpersonal skills for cross-disciplinary communication. These skills are essential for future careers in research, development, commercialization, regulatory activities, or public policy.

Training young scientists and engineers in biomaterials and tissue engineering will facilitate the implementation of biomaterials-based technologies in the clinic. If you are interested in this training program, please contact TRB co-directors, Professors Mark Grinstaff ( and Arturo Vegas (

TRB is committed to providing a welcoming and accommodating environment for all students. We strongly encourage interested minority, disabled, or economically disadvantaged students to apply.