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Interdisciplinary Training in Genome Engineering


The NGEC fellowship program has filled all its spots and no more training grants are available.


A secondary aim of the Northwest Genome Engineering Consortium was to promote the development of genome engineering as a scientific discipline. To assist in meeting this goal, the NGEC sponsored an Interdisciplinary Training in Genome Engineering Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

Because of the highly interdisciplinary nature of genome engineering, individuals interested in pursuing careers using genome engineering methods, concepts and tools require training that spans two, and perhaps more, of the disciplines represented within the NGEC. Analogously, continuity of the proposed work and synergy within the NGEC would be facilitated by the involvement of individuals who have training in more than one of the disciplines represented within the NGEC. Therefore, the NGEC sponsored the Interdisciplinary Training in Genome Engineering program. This program was funded through the NIH T90/R90 mechanism, and was intended to foster interdisciplinary projects in genome engineering–related fields.

Eligible candidates could have been at any institution but should be first-time post-doctoral fellows who were within their first three years of training. Proposed projects should span two or more disciplines with co-mentoring by two principal investigators (neither of them had to be within the NGEC) with complementary expertise in genome engineering-related fields. Projects were not required to utilize homing endonucleases or further NGEC research goals.

Awardees were chosen on the basis of the interdisciplinary nature of their project; its relationship to genome engineering; the degree of scientific innovation, potential impact and likelihood of a productive outcome of the project; as well as the quality and appropriateness of the training experience for career development of the trainee. The training should involve active research and associated laboratory meetings and presentation of their data at the annual NGEC Workshop for Genome Engineering in Seattle.

Funding (at NIH stipend levels) was provided for up to two years to the institution at which the postdoctoral fellow works. In addition, awardees were encouraged to attend and present at national or international conferences, and this program provided up to $1,000 of travel money per year of funding. Options were also provided for additional interdisciplinary experiences, including didactic coursework, a biotechnology externship, the many interdisciplinary symposia and workshops which take place among NGEC institutions and graduate level teaching. The program included both NRSA grants for U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents and Non-NRSA grants for foreign citizens.


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