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Welcome from the Director

Caltech trains some of the world’s most talented students how to carry out cutting edge fundamental research. The purpose of Caltech's NIH Biotechnology Leadership Pre-doctoral Training Program (BLP) is to produce world-class investigators who can address fundamental research questions and also can apply discoveries to solving real-world problems. An integrated training experience involving interdisciplinary research and coursework that is enriched with biotechnology workshops, an industrial internship, assistance with commercialization of research results, and biotechnology company site visits will prepare exceptional Caltech students for industrial and academic research at the interface of quantitative engineering disciplines and biology. This program takes a modern approach to training students for a wider range of career opportunities in applied science, enabling students and faculty to effectively translate research from academic labs into relevant technology and products in the areas of micro/nano medicine. 

The BLP training program is entirely different from existing training programs at Caltech. While other programs emphasize academic research training in various fields, the BLP is specifically designed as a new kind of career development program that exposes students to industrially-relevant research questions and experimental techniques early in their graduate careers, and also exposes them to the concerns that govern commercialization of biotechnology.

We welcome you to explore these pages to learn more about the Biotechnology Leadership Pre-doctoral Training Program at Caltech!

Sincerely,

Frances Arnold

Director, Biotechnology Leadership Pre-doctoral Training Program

Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry; Director, Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center