Program Design & Curriculum

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The overall mission of the T32 Molecular Imaging in Cancer Biology (MICB) Training Program is to produce scientists with specialized knowledge in cancer biology and imaging technology, within a culture of respect and engagement. The program is centered around three key themes: (1) imaging fundamental biology, (2) imaging new model systems, and/or (3) imaging technology development.

As a trainee, you will be assigned a primary preceptor based on alignment of research interests and start your research project in your mentor’s laboratory. You will meet at least once weekly with your preceptor to review data and experimental approaches and to pursue more general intellectual discussions. You will present research findings during weekly laboratory meetings and journal clubs with other labs and participate in discussion with fellow lab members.

You will receive ongoing feedback on your research project performance, which will also be assessed by objective deliverables such as published papers and paper/poster presentations at national meetings. Since each trainee is different and the program is small, you will receive individualized guidance and support to help you meet your research and career development goals. You will also set your own individual goals and benchmarks to continually gauge your own progress.

Core Curriculum:

(A) Responsible Conduct of Research

(B) Image Handling and Analysis

(C) Advanced Image Analysis in MATLAB

(D) Grant Writing

(E) Professional Development

(F) Clinical Observations

(G) Electives

Funding

All MICB trainees will receive financial support including a stipend (over $50,000 per year for post-docs and over $25,000 per year for Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences graduate students) and funds to cover training expenses, tuition, fees, and travel.

Training Expenses

Training expenses may include lab supplies, equipment, consultant costs, and animal costs. All training expenses must be directly related to the cost of accomplishing your research goal(s).

Travel Costs

The MICB program provides funds to cover trainee travel to seminars, symposia, and scientific meetings as well as off-site training programs.

Annual Review

At the end of the first and second years, each trainee will submit a progress report to the Training Committee describing an update on their ongoing research. In addition to this report, preceptors will submit an evaluation of their trainees.