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Baylor College of Medicine

The development of genomics, proteomics and advanced imaging technology has resulted in the accumulation of large amounts of biological data. These data are a potentially rich source of information; however, extracting meaningful information from the masses of data is a challenging task. Interdisciplinary scientists with training in biology and computational science are needed to extract such information for the purpose of biomedical discovery. The goal of this program is to respond to the challenges created by the experimental technologies by providing training in methods of data collection and processing, management, warehousing, integration and annotation and in approaches to extract information from integrated data sets.
Project Director: Timothy G. Palzkill, Ph.D. timothyp@bcm.tmc.edu

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School

The goal of this program is to increase the pace of translation of laboratory findings to clinical practice. The predoctoral researchers/trainees selected for this program are provided with both the basic science training they need to be successful bench scientists and a strong clinical perspective that includes: connecting the biology of cancer to its clinical presentation, the challenges of clinical treatment, the workings of patient-oriented research, the process of development of pharmaceuticals, and an understanding of how human physiology influences mode of intervention. The "Core" curriculum transits from a primarily basic science orientation to a more physiology-based orientation, culminating in "disease modules" that explore in depth the underpinnings of the natural history, biology, current treatments, and existing model systems. In addition, each trainee will be assigned a thesis project-related apprenticeship with a Clinical Mentor who will serve as the student's guide to hospital-based academic activities. The faculty of the Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School are drawn from both the basic science and clinical arms of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, providing a broad base of research opportunities.
Project Director: Kenneth J. Marians, Ph.D. kmarians@sloankettering.edu

Washington University in St. Louis

The integration of traditionally discrete lines of research is critical to continued progress in biological imaging. To realize the potential that evolving paradigms of molecular, cellular, live animal, and human imaging offer, a cadre of 21st-century scientists must be trained--and a revolutionary synthesis of chemistry, biology, engineering, physics, and mathematics must be achieved. With a goal of attracting and training next-generation imaging scientists, Washington University is devising curricula and developing opportunities for students at the most formative stages of their academic careers—in their undergraduate and graduate years. Students will have as part of their broadly-based academic foundation the opportunity to take courses in chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, and molecular cell biology as they relate to imaging sciences, and to gain in-depth research experience in laboratories of faculty whose work spans the modalities and scales from single molecule to molecular and cellular microscopy to full body human imaging.
Project Director: Philip D. Stahl, Ph.D. pstahl@wustl.edu
Co-Director: Carolyn J. Anderson, Ph.D. andersoncj@mir.wustl.edu

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