Interdisciplinary training is accomplished by drawing students with backgrounds in basic science, clinical/translational research and population science from 11 PhD programs and 9 colleges across the biomedical spectrum and providing this diverse group of trainees with a common foundation in cancer research.
The administrative structure has been carefully designed to foster scientific and educational collaboration among faculty and trainees. Trainees have opportunities to interact with other trainees and preceptors on team-based interdisciplinary research projects. Beyond this, although the program faculty have been selected from across colleges, departments and programs, there already exists a strong history of collaboration, with joint research grants, mentoring of pre- and postdoctoral trainees, and co-authored publications and the diversity of ongoing interdisciplinary, interdepartmental and inter-college collaborations is a major strength of the program.
We provide an innovative team science program for PhD, dual-degree investigators, and postdoctoral trainees in cancer research to gain both disciplinary expertise and an authentic interdisciplinary team science experience. This team approach not only provides opportunities for PhD students to collaborate, but also for postdoctoral trainees to collaborate with PhD students. Thus, the TICaRT Program seeks to promote both horizontal and vertical interdisciplinary collaborations. We are uniquely positioned to offer this novel team training model to produce investigators across a spectrum of cancer-related professions experienced in interdisciplinary team science research.