Academics

The TREND Center has been quite active in its commitment to academic and research training of students at all levels. The Center has been particularly successful in attracting and retaining top quality graduate and undergraduate students to work on faculty-mentored research projects. TREND's interdisciplinary research programs serve as an excellent model for cross-campus collaboration, involving students and faculty from multiple departments (Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Mathematics).

Courses of Interest

CME 499/585 & BIO 596: Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems

A team taught, interdisciplinary course in Biological Systems Engineering geared for upper level undergraduate and graduate students offered by Dr. Robert Wilkens (CME) and Dr. Carissa Krane (BIO). The course covered the three core areas of Transport Phenomena (Momentum, Heat, and Mass) as applied to two key biological systems: the respiratory system and cardiovascular systeThe learning outcomes supported cross-training of scientists in the language and mechanistic approaches employed by engineers, whereas engineering students were exposed to the terminology and scientific methods associated with physiological and biomedical processes. The design and implementation of the course is likely to serve as a model for the development of an interdisciplinary team-based curriculum in bioengineering. Enrollment for the first offering was eight students. Educational grant support for the development of this course was partially funded through the LTC Innovations Grant Program. (3 sem. hrs.)

BIO 596: Genome Evolution

A graduate-level course that looks at whether a combined consideration of population genetics and development makes the path of genome evolution predictable. Taught by Thomas Williams, BIO. (3 sem. hrs.)

HST 499: Women’s History/Women’s Health

This CAP Crossing Boundaries course was developed and is co-taught by Dr. Caroline Merithew (HST) and Dr. Carissa Krane (BIO). The course examines an historical framework for exploring the evolution of the biology and medicine of women's health issues as they have changed over time. (3 sem. hrs.)

BIO 412: Genetics of Human Disease

This biology elective course takes a systems approach to studying various inherited diseases, and discusses current techniques of diagnosis and treatment. Taught by Madhuri Kango-Singh, BIO. (3 sem. hrs.)