CTEng Program Requirements
Students recruited into our cellular and tissue engineering program have strong backgrounds in biomedical, chemical, or mechanical engineering, mathematics, and the sciences. There is, however, a variable degree of training in the life sciences and in biotechnology or cellular engineering.
Predoctoral students eligible for the CTEng Training Program are pursuing their Ph.D. in one of several separate degree programsBioengineering Ph.D. Program – This interdisciplinary program focuses on integrating engineering fundamentals with biomedical sciences.
Bioengineering Program students have a “home school” (academic schools BME, ChBE, ME) for purposes of registration. Biomedical Engineering (BME) Joint Georgia Tech/Emory Ph.D. Program. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) Program. Mechanical Engineering (ME) Program. Trainee Requirements Each CTEng trainee must meet the following requirements: Core CTEng courses Cellular Engineering (BMED/ChBE/ME 6782, offered every Fall semester) Tissue Engineering (BMED/ChBE/ME 6794, offered every Spring semester) Bioscience core: One of the following: BIOL 7001: Found-Molecul&Cell Biol; CHEM 6501: Biochemistry I; BMED 6031/IBS 555 (Emory): Biomedical Science I Industrial internship CTEng trainees will be required to do an industrial internship, three-month minimum duration, to acquire experience and perspective in biotechnology and biomedical industries.
This internship requirement will be waived for trainees with industrial experience as permanent employees in a biotechnology or biomedical company prior to attending graduate school. CTEng Trainee journal club Trainees and Steering Committee members will meet monthly for presentation and discussion of a journal paper (and related papers) related to cell and tissue engineering. Each of the trainees will be in charge of coordinating and chairing one meeting per year. CTEng Trainee interactions with steering committee and training faculty Trainees will meet individually with Steering Committee annually to discuss research progress and directions. The trainee’s advisor is invited to attend the meeting.
The trainee thesis committee must have at least one Steering Committee member. Trainees will select and meet as a group with a training faculty member on a monthly basis to discuss research. Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research Training in the responsible conduct of research will consist of formal courses at Georgia Tech or Emory University. Industrial Partners Symposium CTEng trainees will present their research findings (either podium or poster presentations) at an annual scientific symposium held in the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience.
The Industrial Partners Symposium (every Fall semester) brings our industry partners to campus and provides an excellent opportunity for our students to interact and network with industry representatives. This experience will enhance the educational training of CTEng students, including presentation skills and networking opportunities. Pizza lunch with Bioengineering Seminar speaker CTEng trainees will have an informal lunch (twice a year) with an invited speaker from our Bioengineering Seminar Series. The invited speaker with be selected based on recommendations from the CTEng students. This experience will provide an informal opportunity for students to interact with leaders in cell and tissue engineering and discuss career objectives and strategies for success.
Learn about Industry From the Experts (LIFE) and Clinical Seminar Series LIFE is a short course organized by the Georgia Tech/Emory Center Student Council. The course introduces students to the activities within industry to bring a product through R&D to the market place and enables students to network with representatives from industries in the biotech field. Industrial sponsor companies associated with GTEC serve as the advisors to the short course and suggest speakers for the various topics which include development of a product concept, market research, clinical trials and regulatory affairs, R&D management, intellectual property/confidentiality/patents and licensing, launch/marketing/reimbursement and distribution issues.
In addition, a Clinical Seminar Series features one-hour lectures by clinicians focusing on basic, translational, and applied aspects of healthcare. These programs are offered in alternating years, each with monthly meetings.
Responsible Conduct of Research Training in the responsible conduct of research will consist of formal courses at Georgia Tech or Emory University. The teaching of responsible conduct in research to graduate students starts with the mentoring provided by an advisor. One of these is through the weekly Cellular and Tissue Engineering Group meeting. The subject of responsible conduct by a scholar is periodically addressed in this group. Members of the Cellular Engineering Group are provided a copy of the National Academy publication entitled On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research.