Stanford provides an unusually rich biotechnology environment, with co-located, nationally ranked schools devoted to basic science, engineering, and medicine, and a strong industrial presence from the surrounding Bay Area.
Since 1991, the Stanford NIH Graduate Training Program in Biotechnology has been leveraging this unique environment to train talented graduate students as leaders and innovators for a variety of career paths, including academia, industry, and consulting.
I applied to the BTG program because I felt that the requirements of the program would provide me with a more structured and interdisciplinary approach to my graduate education. I was excited by the opportunity to gain more exposure to industry. I also valued the chance to interact with a small interdisciplinary cohort that could provide me with unique perspectives outside of my field.
My research is about investigating the recently discovered phosphoethanolamine cellulose as a substrate for sustainable biofuel generation by optimizing its enzymatic hydrolysis to glucose monomers. I am planning on working in the biofuel industry because diversifying our energy supply is becoming increasingly critical and I aspire to work for a company dedicated to making progress on this issue.
The BTG program has helped me in pursuing this path, by providing the opportunity to complete a 10-week industrial internship and to network through conferences, annual BTG symposium, and other exclusive BTG program events.
I applied to be in the Biotech Training Grant program because of the unique opportunity to do an industry internship while in graduate school. What’s most exciting about being in this program is learning about the cutting-edge biotech research that my BTG peers are carrying out over a wide range of STEM disciplines. By attending my peers’ seminars and doing my industry internship as a part of the BTG program, I will broaden my knowledge and be able to apply it outside of academia.
My research involves looking at the interface formed between nanotextured materials and cells at a super resolution. This area of study is highly applicable to medical implants. Long-term, I am planning on working in biotech because I’ve always been fascinated by the real world applications of my field of study.
BTG is an outstanding opportunity for those interested in learning where their own research fits into the biotech world. Anyone with a passion for furthering their knowledge in this area should apply.
I applied to be in the Biotech Training Grant program because I wanted to be surrounded by people who are as excited as me about the pace and potential of biotechnology outside of academic labs. What’s most exciting about being in this program is just how different everyone's backgrounds are, in terms of both skills and personal story.
My research is about using computational techniques to figure out what our gut bacteria are doing to us. Our microbiomes are constantly churning out a cocktail of molecules into our bloodstreams, and data science techniques from natural language processing can help us figure out what they are. Long-term, I am planning to go into research management in industry.
The BTG program is helping me in this path by showing me what the biotechnology landscape looks like beyond the borders of my research niche.