The Molecular Biophysics Training Grant at Harvard supports a predoctoral training program focused at the interface of the physical and biological sciences. The goal of the program is to provide students with strong undergraduate backgrounds in quantitative sciences (especially physics and mathematics) with broad training in the biophysical, chemical and molecular concepts and techniques that are required to address outstanding problems in biology and biomedical sciences. The training program links a highly interactive group of 44 faculty members from three departments in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, six departments at Harvard Medical School, and four affiliated hospitals. The training program offers a flexible curriculum drawn from courses offered at Harvard, Harvard Medical School, and MIT, and offers research opportunities in a variety of disciplines relevant to molecular biophysics with particular strengths in the areas of structural biology, computational biology, neuroscience, and imaging. In addition to coursework and research activities, the training program sponsors seminars and guest lectures;a student run, student research seminar series;a yearly retreat featuring a poster session and student and faculty talks in the fall semester;a poster session featuring research of program students;a mini-symposium featuring talks by program faculty during the Biophysics Program recruiting weekend in the spring semester;and social events for all trainees. Over the past 19 years, this training program has helped foster a number of new initiatives in graduate training, and has been remarkably successful in promoting collaborative research among its faculty and interdisciplinary training for its students. In this competitive renewal we request support for 16 training slots for students who are affiliated with Harvard's Biophysics Program or who are jointly affiliated with the Harvard Biophysics Program and Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (MEMP) Ph.D. program in the joint Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology initiative (HST). Students will be preferentially funded in their first and second year of graduate studies.

Public Health Relevance

This training program offers interdisciplinary training in approaches to explore the structure, function and interactions of key macromolecules of the cell, the control of cellular processes at the molecular and genome-wide levels, the development of approaches to imaging and modeling these processes, and the use of this information to diagnose, understand, prevent or cure human diseases.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Type
Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
Project #
5T32GM008313-25
Application #
8501491
Study Section
National Institute of General Medical Sciences Initial Review Group (BRT)
Program Officer
Flicker, Paula F
Project Start
1989-07-01
Project End
2014-06-30
Budget Start
2013-07-01
Budget End
2014-06-30
Support Year
25
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$625,164
Indirect Cost
$29,716
Name
Harvard University
Department
Biochemistry
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
047006379
City
Boston
State
MA
Country
United States
Zip Code
02115
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