The future health and competitiveness of the US economy requires a dynamic and well-trained workforce that functions at the highest levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Further, there is a specific need for workers able to create and communicate at the boundaries between traditional disciplines – workers with the creativity and skills to engineer nano-scale protein motors for cell sorting, to create biofibers targeting specific cell responses in wound healing, to develop designer plants that produce highly efficient biofuels, and to design implantable cell-based sensors and hormone factories that reestablish homeostasis in disease. This workforce will demand outstanding collaborative skills, the ability to operate effectively within and beyond academia, and the expertise to serve as leaders in national and global arenas.
The CEMB educational program encompasses PhD students in the physical and biological sciences, postdocs, faculty, undergraduates, and high school teachers, and provides an integrated exposure to the physics, biology, and engineering of mechanobiology.
Doctoral programs include CEMB’s summer boot camp that introduces integrative mechanobiology focused lectures and hands-on training. CEMB graduate fellows participate in a dual advising system, with every student having a formal advisor from both the physical and biological sciences. Additional opportunities include sabbaticals in other CEMB labs, and industry internship opportunities. CEMB graduate fellows participate in “Innovation Slams,” where pressing challenges are posed to CEMB researchers with the aim of facilitating translation, innovation, and commercialization.