Biomedical Graduate Education

Training Grants

Our NIH-funded, externally peer-reviewed institutional training programs represent a hallmark of excellence in research, supporting BGE postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students as they contribute to our research enterprise across many disciplines.

Aging and Alzheimer’s Research Training Program (T32)

The Georgetown University “Aging and Alzheimer’s Research Training” (AART) program is designed for predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows from a wide variety of backgrounds. It is driven by a transdisciplinary group of over 20 researchers from 10 departments across biomedical topics that are associated with cognitive impairment with aging (e.g., diabetes, HIV infection, traumatic brain injury, proteinopathies, chemotherapy, seizures). The program builds on the strong, diverse research programs at Georgetown to train students and fellows more intentionally in topics of aging and Alzheimer’s disease.

Cancer Population Science Program (T32)

The Cancer Population Science (CPaS) program at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (GLCCC) is a T32 training program supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The CPaS program focuses on preparing trainees for independent research careers with a focus on translating basic and clinical advances into the clinic, community and policy. Translational research training is grounded in core competencies of team science, utilization of novel methods and technologies, applying multilevel approaches, knowledge integration to inform polices and care, and addressing health disparities.

Georgetown – Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) TL1 Training Program in Translational Biomedical Science (TBS)

The NIH TL1 funded Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Program in Translational Biomedical Science provides an individualized career development plan that includes: 1) didactic education in human health and disease, along with technical skill development and rigorous research methodology; 2) mentored experiential learning in clinical medicine; 3) dual-mentored research training in preclinical and clinical research; 4) individualized career guidance; and 5) training in team science and leadership skills.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (T32)

The Georgetown University Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (GU IMSD) reflects our institutional commitment to diversity and scientific workforce development. Leveraging an interdisciplinary network of more than 60 faculty across seven graduate programs and departments, the GU IMSD program will develop a diverse cadre of scholars prepared for careers in the biomedical scientific workforce.

Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience Training Grant (T32)

The NIH-funded Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN) training grant at Georgetown University provides trainees who are pursuing their Ph.D. in Neuroscience with broad-based interdisciplinary training relevant to understanding a variety of diseases and disorders of the nervous system. Through didactic coursework, laboratory research and career development training, the students supported through this training mechanism are prepared to make important contributions toward preventing and curing a spectrum of neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, dementias, communicative disorders and addiction. Trainees participate in a seminar series, national professional meetings, journal clubs, intensive laboratory research, and training in several essential professional skills, such as writing and reviewing manuscripts, grantsmanship, mentorship, teaching, conflict resolution, career choices and oral presentations.

Neural Injury and Plasticity (NIP) Training Grant (T32)

The Training Program in Neural Injury and Plasticity (NIP) grew from the Center for Neural Injury and Recovery (CNIR) and represents a unique and highly collaborative endeavor at Georgetown University (GU). Since its inception in 2001, the NIP Training Program has provided support for many predoctoral students during their thesis period and postdoctoral trainees. Our predoctoral students are enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN) at Georgetown University and represent a highly competitive group of applicants.

Neuroscience of Language Training Program

The Neuroscience of Language Training Program provides an integrated training program, including: (1) A Curriculum of Coursework designed to provide a strong cross-disciplinary conceptual and technical knowledge base; (2) Clinical Experience with communication disorders to help trainees understand the clinical impact of their research; (3) Community Engagement to foster understanding about how research impacts the community; (4) Training in the Professional Skills and Ethical Practices necessary for a successful research career; and (5) An interdisciplinary and diverse Community of Scholars focused on the neuroscience of language research.

Pharmacological Sciences Training Program

The Pharmacological Sciences Training Program (PSTP) at Georgetown University Medical Center is an interdisciplinary and integrated training program that aims to bring together an inclusive and diverse community of doctoral candidates across Ph.D. disciplines who are dedicated to thesis research in pharmacological science. Trainees will prepare for future careers in academia, pharma or biotechnology industry, or drug regulatory agencies. We provide Ph.D. students with advanced training in physiology and pharmacotherapeutics, taking a systems view ranging from cellular networks to organ function to behavior and systems medicine.

The Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant in Tumor Biology (T32)

The Tumor Biology Training program brings together about 60 faculty members from basic science and clinical departments, as well as the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, combining excellence in basic and clinical cancer research as well as research in cancer prevention and control. A combination of formal courses, seminars and ongoing collaborative research projects bring together faculty and trainees in a unified doctoral program committed to providing quality education in cancer biology, prevention and therapy.

Training Program in NeuroHIV (T32)

The objective of the predoctoral Training Program in NeuroHIV (TPNH) at Georgetown University is to train young neuroscientists to investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms whereby HIV infection leads to the neurodegenerative processes. This TPNH is built on the existing strengths of both the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN) and the basic and clinical research on HIV at Georgetown University.  Participating faculty provide expertise in neurodegeneration, immunology, neuroinflammation, neuropharmacology and infectious diseases. This interdisciplinary approach is provided by participating faculty from different disciplines/departments. Our faculty are heavily involved in predoctoral training and have a history of mentorship.