BIOTRANS is a Virginia Tech program of education and research at the engineering-biology interface that investigates dynamic transport processes in multiscale biological systems.
The BIOTRANS program aims to prepare future leaders of industrial and academic research to think, collaborate, and solve problems at the intersection of the engineering and biological sciences. The program is based on a systematic process of increasingly interdisciplinary coursework, student interaction, community development, and cross-disciplinary research experience, including ethics and professional development training. Key components of this program include an interactive seminar series; cross-disciplinary education, including both new and established courses; interdisciplinary research experience; and a collaborative grant proposal competition.
- Administration of the BIOTRANS program is overseen by the five co-PIs from the original proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF).
- The training and research activities are conducted by the 17 BIOTRANS faculty members, who come from 9 different degree-granting programs in 3 different colleges at Virginia Tech.
- The program activities are aimed at a three step process of education and training.
- Funding for the program comes from the NSF Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program and the Virginia Tech Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP). IGERT.org is a good source of information on IGERT programs across the nation.
The BIOTRANS faculty and trainees are located in nine different departments and programs across three different colleges at Virginia Tech.