The multidisciplinary certificate program in Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering integrates activities in engineering, the life sciences, and medicine.
The program emphasizes research, graduate education and interactions with industry. The research focus of the program is the interaction of proteins, cells and tissues with materials and drugs in natural biological processes, and in the medical diagnosis and therapy. A NIGMS biotechnology training grant offers stipends, tuition, and fees to a number of BTE pre-doctoral students.
The curriculum for the Certificate in Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering is geared primarily for engineering graduate students. However, flexibility is built into the curricular requirements to allow the participation of carefully selected students from non-engineering departments.
CBTE is not an admitting program. Prospective CBTE trainees must first be accepted to Duke. All CBTE pre-doctoral trainees are subject to the degree requirements of the university and their home department.
Trainees are graduate students admitted to these Duke University academic departments:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Cell Biology
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
- Radiation Oncology
Once selected as a CBTE trainee, a student is assigned a faculty advisor. The student then works with their faculty advisor to complete the requirements and apply for the certificate.
After students have been accepted to Duke by one of the degree-granting departments listed above, CBTE faculty members provide names of admitted students with research interests in protein, cellular, or tissue engineering to the CBTE Steering Committee.
Alternatively, admitted Duke students themselves may apply directly to the program by informing the CBTE director, who will notify the Steering Committee.
The primary criteria for acceptance into the program are:
- Academic excellence
- Appropriateness of research interests
- Identification of the student's research interest with preferably, one engineering and one non-engineering CBTE faculty.
Ideal candidates hold either a BS or MS in:
- An engineering field, with a concentration in biochemistry, cell biology or chemistry
- Biochemistry, biology or chemistry, with a strong analytical background