Boot Camp is a 2-week summer program that provides graduate students with a foundation in integrative plant and animal mechanobiology. CEMB faculty gave Boot Camp lectures, and senior trainees were lab teaching assistants.

This 2-week residential program brought early CEMB graduate students from plant and animal labs, in both biological and physical sciences, to a common knowledge base and vocabulary facilitating collaboration.

Week 1 featured morning lectures on basic topics of mechanobiology given by CEMB faculty. All lectures were recorded and available to all CEMB members and affiliates; 2018 lectures were used in classes at NJIT. Afternoons consisted of small group (2-4 students) lab sessions with postdoctoral TAs, with the goal of increasing the cross-disciplinary and cross-kingdom knowledge of individual students. For example, cell biology students with little math background took Matlab tutorials, while students from theory labs learned how to run western blots and did tissue culture. Week 1 also included a variety of enrichment and social activities; as CEMB has matured and commercialization and entrepreneurship became more important, sessions on these topics were added to the enrichment series.

Week 2 was devoted to carrying out final projects planned during week 1 by teams of 4-5 students. All projects included both experimental and theory components; in each previous Boot Camp, one project was on plant mechanobiology and one on animal mechanobiology.

See below for details on past programs:

Summer 2020