The Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) Training Program is a university-wide training program for graduate students, supported by a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Tissue microenvironments are critical for advancing biomedical science and healthcare in topics ranging from regenerative medicine to managing the burden of cancer. To this end, the integration of three technological approaches is essential:
Sensing and imaging to measure biochemical and biophysical parameters
Bioengineering to recapitulate the tissue microenvironment
With intensive mentoring and systematic activities focused on professional development, trainees will become the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders capable of undertaking fundamental research and enabling translational advances.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has exceptionally strong disciplinary programs, diverse faculty spanning the intellectual arc of the program, and appropriate facilities and unique resources in each of these technological areas. This training program is distinctly advantaged by our strong history of successful graduate training, including a commitment to diversity and individuals with disabilities, a culture of productive collaboration, a new Department of Bioengineering, and strong institutional support.