Welcome to the Vanderbilt Molecular Biophysics Training Program (MBTP) website sponsored by the Center for Structural Biology (CSB) and an NIH NRSA T32 training grant. The program encompasses a network of ~150 faculty, students, postdocs and staff working at the interface between chemistry, physics, biology and medicine. Rooted in collaborative research efforts, the training faculty has primary appointments in eight different departments within the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Science. Research spans different disciplines ranging from high-resolution structural biology to single molecule and single cell approaches, all directed towards understanding biology and medicine at the molecular level.
We hold a minimum of three meetings per month. Two are Tuesday noontime seminars given alternately by a member of the training faculty and a student. Every other month we present a special session on responsible conduct of research. Throughout the year, we host CSB/MBTP special seminars given by external speakers, including a student-hosted speaker. In addition to seminars, the community meets for informal discussion over snacks and drinks one Friday afternoon each month.
A major mission of the MBTP is to help train the next generation of biomedical researchers that have a strong foundation in molecular biophysics. To this end, our program offers funding for up to two years to a limited number of students that matriculate into MBTP-associated laboratories. Our program, however, is open to all scientists interested in furthering their knowledge of molecular biophysics.
The Molecular Biophysics Training Program is supported jointly by the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and College of Arts & Science.