How to Apply

The interdisciplinary 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 (CBTE) certificate requires rigorous quantitative training including engineering electives; however, the curriculum is flexible enough to welcome participation of non-engineering students.

The CBTE is not an admitting program. As a non-admitting program, the CBTE draws students from other admitting pre-doctoral programs at Duke University in Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Medicine. All 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, centers, groups, and/or training programs:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology
  • Cell & Molecular Biology Training Program
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Training Program
  • Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Program
  • Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Medicine
  • Molecular Cancer Biology Training Program
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pathology Training Program
  • Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
  • Pharmacological Sciences Training Program
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgery
  • University Program in Genetics & Genomics

Application Process

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.

Acceptance Criteria

The primary criteria for acceptance into the program are:

  1. Academic excellence
  2. Appropriateness of research interests
  3. 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