CSB Training Opportunities
Outreach, Education, & Instrument Certification
- Protein Production & Characterization -
All new users must complete one-on-one training before gaining self-served
access to CSB instrumentation. User fees vary depending on the instrument.
Expression vectors developed by the CSB are provided to Vanderbilt researchers
free of charge.
- Macromolecular Crystallography -
Training and certification on X-ray instrumentation is conducted on an individual
basis. Training on any instrument is available by scheduling time with the
Director of Operations. Facility training and support is available for researchers
with no previous crystallography training. This is currently done on an individual
basis. Anyone considering crystallography should be committed to spending
several months learning the techniques. However, this can be accomplished
in segments as the project develops.
- Biomolecular NMR - There are three progressive levels
of training offered, nominally
associated with 1D, 2D and finally 3D NMR techniques. Each course certifies
the user to perform experiments of an increasingly sophisticated level.
The courses begin with a lecture component but emphasize hands-on training
to familiarize users with the instruments. These courses are provided
to Vanderbilt researchers free of charge.
- Computational Structural Biology - Training
and consultation in a variety of Computational Structural Biology techniques
is available via Workshops and one-on-one sessions. Workshops and consulting
services are supported in part by user fees, but initial consultation and
project feasibility determination are always free of charge.
Molecular Biophysics Graduate Training Program
The Molecular Biophysics Training Program is an interdisciplinary program offering
training opportunities in a wide range of topics in Molecular Biophysics, using a
broad spectrum of physical, chemical, and computational approaches.
- Chemical and Physical Biology Graduate Program
The CPB Program is a PhD track, multidisciplinary program introducing elements of biology to students who wish to pursue a
doctoral degree at the interface of the chemical, physical, and biological sciences. The curriculum will prepare students for
research careers at the chemistry-biology interface, in structural biology, in molecular biophysics, or in computational
biology. Previous didactic training in the biological sciences is not required for entry into the CPB program.
- Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
Individuals pursuing a PhD in the basic biomedical or biological science departments at
Vanderbilt University join these departments through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
in the Biomedical Sciences (IGP). Participating programs and departments include Biochemistry,
Biological Sciences, Cancer Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, Human Genetics, Microbiology &
Immunology, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Neuroscience, Pathology, and, Pharmacology.
- Chemistry Department Graduate Program
The Department of Chemistry at Vanderbilt University has recently occupied a new $32 million research
and teaching facility. The department is currently undergoing a period of aggressive expansion with
several new faculty members joining the department, and additional searches currently in progress.
In such a dynamic environment, the opportunities for graduate research in chemistry are constantly growing.