Training Grant History
The Cell and Tissue Engineering training grant is headquartered in the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, with strong interactions with Emory University School of Medicine. The Petit Institute was established in 1995 with the mission of integrating engineering, life sciences, and information technology in the conduct of biomedical research. The Institute is housed in the Petit Biotechnology Building, the first facility ever constructed by Georgia Tech where the architectural design was driven by the goal of fostering the interaction between faculty and students from different disciplines. The Petit Institute building houses faculty and students from seven different academic programs and serves as the base of our Cell and Tissue Engineering Group.
Over the past decade both our bioengineering program and our cellular and tissue engineering activities have grown significantly. The Cellular and Tissue Engineering Training Grant, headed by Bob Nerem from 1998-2006, made a large impact on the ability to recruit students to Georgia Tech in the early days when it was building its bioengineering programs. The result was a growth in the number of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in our program. The Cell and Tissue Engineering Group at Georgia Tech evolved from one faculty member and one graduate student in 1987 to a core of five faculty, 17 M.S. or Ph.D. candidates, and one technician at the time our current training grant was first funded in 1991. Since then this core has further expanded, and there now are 27 faculty and 161 predoctoral graduate students, 71 of whom are women and 18 are underrepresented minorities.