The TRM Program will provide intentional interdisciplinary training to create scientists equipped to drive advances in diverse areas of regenerative medicine. The program will support 3 trainees per year, renewable for 2 years in total.

Training Components

1. Mentored Research

  • Each trainee will conduct research on a regenerative medicine project in the lab of one of our faculty mentors. In addition to their primary mentor, they will also have a 3-person mentoring committee, of which one must be a faculty member in Engineering. Each trainee will complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP), which will provide important opportunities for self assessment and for feedback from the mentor(s).

2. Core Content

  • Grant Writing Workshop
  • Laboratory Management (4-part series developed by Program Director)
  • Seminars (must attend one per week during the academic year)
    • Developmental Biology Seminar Series
    • Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series
    • CRM Interdisciplinary Seminar Series
  • Journal Clubs and/or Research Forums (one per semester)
    • Regeneration, Aging, and Development Research Forum (listed as BIOL5152)
    • Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Work in Progress
    • Organoid Journal Club and Work in Progress Interest Group

3. Optional Courses and Enrichments

  • Fundamentals of Biostatistics (BIOL5075)
  • Writing Workshop (4-part series offered by DBBS and OPA)
  • Pluripotent Stem Cell Culture Methods (CRM HCTO Core)
  • E4B: Entrepreneurship for Biomedicine
  • Additional departmental seminar series and work in progress groups
  • Entrepreneurship activities offered through the Skandalaris Center, the Bioentrepreneurship Core (BEC), and the Startup Training Lab (BME5731)

4. Responsible Conduct of Research Training

  • All trainees must participate in a workshop on research ethics and must additionally complete a minimum of 8 training modules from the Washington Research Ethics and Education and Resources Program.

    Year 1: PERCSS Online Training:

    Year 2: Ethics and Research Science (BIO5011)

5. Career Development

  • Trainees will be encouraged to participate in career development activities that align with their future plans. WUPS and OPA offer an excellent array of programming for diverse careers. Additional opportunities can be found at The WUSTL Teaching Center, BALSA, and through the Cortex Innovation District.

    Trainees will also be encouraged to present their work in on-campus forums and at national or international meetings.

    All trainees are strongly encouraged to appy for independent mentored NIH funding through the F- or K-award mechanisms.