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BCB Training Programs

The Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology at Rice University, in addition to our broader program, offers three specialized training internships with its graduate program: the Houston Area Molecular Biophysics Program (HAMBP),the W. M. Keck Center for Interdisciplinary Bioscience Training, and the National  Institutes of Health Biotechnology Training Program.  Participants are selected after their first year of enrollment, but even if not supported by these programs, all students have access to their facilities, training and other opportunities.

Houston Area Molecular Biophysics Predoctoral (Ph.D.) Training Program (HAMBP)

The Houston Area Molecular Biophysics Predoctoral (Ph.D.) Training Program (HAMBP) is a collaborative graduate program funded by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health involving biophysics faculty from six major universities in the Houston metropolitan area:  Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, the University of Houston, the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston.  The inter-institutional nature of the HAMBP program provides a rich variety of biophysical training with ready access to state-of-the-art resources and leading scientists.  Advanced course work in molecular biophysics, structural biology, and other relevant areas is complemented by faculty-directed research and an integrated seminar program.  Specific research areas include:  mass specrometry, cryo-electron microscopy, raman spectroscopy, NMR of proteins and nucleic acids, x-ray crystallography, rapid kinetics, computational biology, digital imaging, fluorescent spectroscopy, protein engineering and membrane biophysics.  Admission to the program requires a strong background in science with emphasis in chemistry, mathematics, physics or biology.  The particular emphasis will depend upon the specific department and institution to which the applicant applies.
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W. M. Keck Center for Interdisciplinary Bioscience Training

The W. M. Keck Center for Computational Biology offers an innovative training program in the emerging field of computational biology that is fully integrated with the research programs of faculty affiliates at its partner institutions:  Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, the University of Houston, the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston.  Available research areas include:  advanced computational methods, biomolecular structure/function, imaging and dynamics, mathematical modeling of biosystems, and medical and genomic informatics. 
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Biotechnology Training Program

The Biotechnology Training Program for Ph.D. Graduate Students was established by an NIH Training Grant awarded to the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice University in 1991.  The goal of the training program is to train graduate students from various disciplines in the broad aspects of biotechnology and in the industrial application of these techniques.  The program provides stipends and research support for graduate students interested in a research career in biotechnology.  It allows students access to the tools of biotechnology while specializing in a particular research area.  Students receive training in broad areas of biotechnology that relate to commercial application of these techniques.  A core of interdisciplinary courses is offered and includes a three- to six-month internship in an industrial setting.
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NSF IRISE Training Program

Rice University announces the Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering Training Program, an initiative for educating this generation of scientists and engineers whose diversity of expertise will enable them to conduct innovative research and create technologies that will protect our natural resources and improve human lives. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the IRISE program will provide the support for highly motivated graduate students to conduct interdisciplinary research at the many interfaces within the biological and physical sciences and engineering, research that is focused on addressing issues critical to our nation and the world. To participate, the students must apply and be accepted to one of 4 participating departments: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics and Astronomy.
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Research Centers

Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering

The Gulf Coast Consortia

BCB NMR Facility

Plant Science Center