cTIE Education...

...is about cutting across traditional disciplines.


cTIE Education combines the best of biology, engineering, design, and entrepreneurship to train a new group of scientists capable of taking their original biologic insights from the bench all the way through the product development process.




What is DTE:

Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (DTE) is a new multi-disciplinary training area (MTA) focused on education in the discovery, design, development, and delivery (4D) of technology-based solutions to critical biomedical problems


Goal of DTE:

To foster exploration and development of innovative technologies, models, designs, techniques, and methods that have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research by infusing principles and concepts from quantitative sciences to transform our understanding of biological, clinical and translational sciences


Unique qualities of DTE:

  • Problem-based interdisciplinary training in biological sciences, engineering design, and social sciences relevant to technology development.
  • Focused hands-on DTE Core curriculum
  • Advanced elective courses leverage academic and industrial partnerships
  • Strong research focus, combining the rigor of quantitative analysis and the creativity of engineering design and entrepreneurship with the power of biological scientific hypothesis testing, applied towards advancing basic and translational biomedical sciences



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  • BSR 1900: DTE Makers Studio I
  • BSR 2003: Thinking Science
  • BSR 6805: Fundamentals of Nanomedicine
  • BSR1901: DTE Makers Studio II - Pharmacogenomics
  • BSR5900: DTE-x I
  • BSR5901: DTE-x II
  • The Q.E.D. Project
  • Translating Science

DTE Makers Studio I


A three-credit hands-on studio course designed to explore different ways of solving problems by using technology to create physical models—will require each student to design and make a component of a larger system being developed by the class as a team


Thinking Science


An elective course introducing the various styles used when attacking a scientific problem, and how these styles are influenced by the background of the investigator, focusing on selected topics in which multiple experts interactively discuss their strategies with students.


Fundamentals of Nanomedicine


Combined lecture and laboratory course will cover the synthesis of multifunctional nanoparticles, techniques for NP characterization, applications in imaging (optical, CT and MRI) and applications in therapy (drug delivery, genetic therapies and tissue engineering)


DTE Makers Studio II - Pharmacogenomics


Hands-on studio course designed to explore the value of the human genome through the creation of quantitative models of the value of genetic information in the context of pharmacogenomics



A one-credit course designed as an extension of the BMS Core by discussing weekly topics in the context of DTE’s focus on the purpose-driven 4D approach to solving biomedical problems




The second part of a two-semester course sequence designed as an extension of the BMS Core by discussing weekly topics in the context of DTE’s focus on the purpose-driven 4D approach to solving biomedical problems



The Q.E.D. Project

The Q.E.D. Project provides a hands-on, team-based, technology development experience for graduate students. Over the course of an academic year, student-led teams learn to define a specific problem, invent a technology-based solution to the problem, and build a prototype solution for it. These solutions are then evaluated based on innovation, practicality, ease of use and adoption, economic impact, and commercial potential.

Translating Science

Translating Science is a semester-long course that focuses on the thinking behind clinical and translational aspects of biology. The primary objective of the course is to introduce the students to the style of thinking required for effective translational research including (i) understanding the issues that distinguish translational from basic research, and (ii) interacting meaningfully with clinician collaborators. The course emphasizes instructors with direct experience in translational biology.