T32 PRE-DOCTORAL BIODEFENSE TRAINING PROGRAM
The pre-doctoral Biodefense Training Program capitalizes on UTMB’s outstanding high containment facilities, including the only BSL-4 laboratory at a U.S. university, and extensive research opportunities to study the majority of NIAID Category A-C Priority Pathogens with highly experienced faculty scientists. Research opportunities include several major NIH-funded programs such as the Emerging Viral Diseases Unit, the World Reference Center for Emerging Viruses and Arboviruses, the Biodefense Proteomics Collaboratory, and many regional, multidisciplinary biodefense projects through the UTMB-led Western Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases. The program fosters the interdisciplinary training of young biodefense scientists through: 1) role-modeling by experienced faculty mentors; 2) flexible but rigorous didactic preparation in a wide variety of biomedical disciplines, through one of five different UTMB graduate programs, but united by a required, specialized biodefense curriculum, journal club and seminar series; 3) high containment laboratory training, including opportunities for animal and vector research training at BSL-3 and BSL-4; 4) pursuit of a specific biodefense-related dissertation research projects under the supervision of experienced, externally funded, highly accomplished faculty members, and; 5) development of professional and ethical behavior that will promote high quality research and effective interdisciplinary interactions. For more details, please go here.