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Stanford NIH Grant Training Program

Training tomorrow's biotechnology leaders

Stanford NIH Grant Training Program

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 students as leaders and innovators for a variety of career paths, including academia, industry, and consulting.

How has the program impacted or enhanced your training and your research?

Lucas Blauch

Current Trainee

Mechanical Engineering, Tang Lab

Nicholas Suhar

Current Trainee

Materials Science and Engineering, Heilshorn Lab

The NIH Biotech Training Grant Program has given me a broad view of the cutting edge research in biotech and a clear picture of the direction healthcare is moving towards. As a mechanical engineer interested in biology and healthcare, these viewpoints have been critical in molding me into the researcher I want to be. As a result of this, I have been put in a position to lead in my lab as we move towards more biological research opportunities. The process of applying for internships helped me think about what I would like to do after graduate school and to discover my value to employers after I received three offers! Overall, the Training Grant has been a wonderful part of my graduate school experience and I am very thankful to have been a part of it. For me the two most impactful things the NIH Biotech Grant has done is provide me with the freedom to explore my own research and given me an invaluable network of fellow students that I can learn from. Through the funding provided by the NIH Grant I have been able to focus on just my work, meaning that I can focus on the research and type of experiments that I want to learn without worrying about funding. More than this though, through our grant lunches and group activities have been given an informal environment where I can learn about my fellow students’ work in an environment that fosters creativity, friendship, and a joint pursuit of knowledge.

 

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