Established in 2015, and led by Director Frances Arnold, the NIH Biotechnology Leadership Pre-doctoral Training Program (BLP) brings together 23 outstanding Caltech faculty members from multiple graduate options to conduct interdisciplinary biomedical research at the micro- and nano-scales. The BLP training program provides trainees unique opportunities to participate in industry-relevant research and exposes trainees to the wide variety of careers available to biomedical leaders. Thus, the BLP training grant program provides excellent training for scientists who intend to conduct biomedical research, regardless of whether they choose to pursue their careers in industry, academia, a government lab, or even in a start up company.
New BLP trainees join the program after their first graduate year at Caltech. Sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences in the National Institutes of Health (1T32GM112592) with additional financial support provided by the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center at Caltech, BLP trainees will participate in a 2-3 month industry internship. The BLP Annual Retreat offers trainees a chance to connect with faculty and students from across the Caltech campus, other Caltech resources like the Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnership, and with invited industry scientists.