All predoctoral fellows must complete all course requirements of their home department. Below are the required courses that predoctoral and postdoctoral NTCR fellows must successfully complete.
This course covers the physics and chemistry relevant to the design, synthesis, and characterization of nanoparticles and patterned surfaces for biological applications. Topics include nanoparticle synthesis, functionalization, surface engineering, and applications in diagnostics and therapeutics. The properties of semiconductor quantum dots and magnetic nanoparticles are reviewed along with techniques for nanoparticle manipulation, particle tracking, and bio-microrheology. Patterning tools including soft lithography, optical lithography, e-beam lithography, and template lithography is discussed. Electron and scanning probe microscopy are reviewed. Examples applications in cancer is drawn directly from research in participating NTCR research labs.
This course introduces fellows with a physics/engineering graduate background to modern concepts in molecular and cellular biology with examples taken from cancer immunology and cancer cell biology.
Fundamentals and topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to:
This lab course is a cornerstone of the training that all NTCR fellows acquire. The main objective is to reveal the basics of biological systems to engineers in the physical sciences and of physical systems to biologists. This lab course takes place in new state-of-the-art facilities that have been equipped with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Science Foundation.
Lab skills learned include:
Accepted fellows with a physics/engineering background will learn the basics of mammalian cell culture, molecular biology, cell transfection/transformation, and blotting techniques.
The following departments have approved these of the courses to count towards the elective requirements for their PhD:
Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics