The Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) Training Program is university-wide training program for graduate students, supported by a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Tissue microenvironments are critical for advancing biomedical science and healthcare in topics ranging from regenerative medicine to managing the burden of cancer. To this end, the integration of three technological approaches is essential:

  • imaging and sensing to measure the TiME’s molecular, cellular, biochemical, and physiologic properties,
  • bioengineering to recapitulate the heterotypic cellular and physiochemical milieu, and
  • computational modeling and analytics to integrate understanding and provide insight.

With intensive mentoring and systematic activities focused on professional development, trainees will become the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders capable of undertaking fundamental research and enabling translational advances.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has exceptionally strong disciplinary programs, diverse faculty spanning the intellectual arc of the program, and appropriate facilities and unique resources in each of these technological areas. This training program is distinctly advantaged by our strong history of successful graduate training, including a commitment to diversity and individuals with disabilities, a culture of productive collaboration, a new Department of Bioengineering, and strong institutional support.