OPEN TO ALL* PhD STUDENTS from science and engineering departments at UVa, including mentor labs not currently listed.  Download presentation. 
MISSION: (i) most importantly to learn how to become exceptional scientists, (ii) experience 2 - 3 months of industrial science without targeting, and (iii) promote synergy among disciplines through Journal Clubs/Data Sessions, Seminars and Symposia. 
SUPPORT: BTP student support is for two years after which mentor grants take over.  The BTP is funded by NIGMS (5T32 GM008715-16).
FACTS: Since 2000, 75 students have trained or are currently training in the BTP from home departments in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Physiology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Systems Engineering. Among alumni, three are now company Directors (GSK, Amgen & Spectranectics), one a company CEO (FlowJo), two are Associate Professors, three Assistant Professors and one Adjunct.  Others are Group Leaders or Senior Scientists. One is an NSF Deputy Director. Some are currently training as postdocs.  The BTP is one of 18 NIGMS supported BTPs nationwide and the only one in Virginia.   Average time to PhD degree since 2000 is 5.3 years.  CHECK OUT THE SUCCESSES OF ALL OF OUR TRAINEES.  SEE OUR CURRENT TRAINEES.
DIVERSITY: The BTP strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and individuals with disabilities. CHECK OUT THE SUCCESSES OF OUR DIVERSITY TRAINEES.  Our most recent Diversity Day was on 10.2.15 with students visiting from NC A&T and UMBC.
RESOURCES: (i) For Underrepresented Minorities, (ii) For Individuals with Disabilities




  1. -We welcome Maria Ali, Jennifer Ortiz, Faith Karanja, Nicole Swope, Lee Talman and Jacob Wolpe to the BTP

  2. -Also new BTP mentors Adrian Halme, Sarah Kucenas and Lukas Tamm

  3. -BTP Journal Club 6.10.16

  4. -Kris Rawls is now the National-Vice Chair of the National Society for Black Engineers

  5. -BTP Symposium 11.10.16: Tomorrow’s Medicine Today: Biotechnology’s Next Frontier’

  6. -New private BTP site for networking now up

*US citizen, green card; apply before arrival at UVa, or as a 1st or 2nd yr PhD student; May 1 deadlineBIMS ‘nomination’ form also needed.