Cross-disciplinary Training Programs

The Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering offers three NIH-funded cross-disciplinary training programs. The goal of these programs is to promote fundamental, cross-disciplinary and innovative research training in a specific field while tackling health-related research needs that will have significant impact in health care.

Bioengineering Interdisciplinary Training in Diabetes Research Program

The elite Bioengineering Interdisciplinary Training in Diabetes Research Program (BTDR) program, co-directed by Purdue and the Indiana University School of Medicine, provides interdisciplinary, integrated research training to develop predoctoral students into bioengineers capable of leading integrative and team-based approaches to solve issues relevant to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of diabetes and diabetic complications.

Medical Scientist Training Program

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) encourages and supports the training of students with outstanding credentials and potential who are motivated to undertake careers in biomedical research and academic medicine. MSTP students participate in an integrated program of graduate training in the biomedical sciences through Purdue University and clinical training offered through the IU School of Medicine. Graduates receive the combined M.D.-Ph.D. degree.

Interdisciplinary Training Program in Auditory Neuroscience Program

The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Auditory Neuroscience Program (TPAN) provides graduate student training and research experience at the interface of science and engineering, and in both humans and animal models. This training program prepares students for independent research careers that can advance our understanding of auditory system function using innovative tools and technologies. Graduates of this training program will develop creative solutions, devices and strategies to assist and prevent hearing loss in human patients.