students at biotech seminarResearch in Biotechnology at UVA brings together researchers from all biomedical, engineering, and chemical sciences at UVA to promote state-of-the-art collaborative science.  From this innovative science comes conceptual breakthroughs and new products.In 2000, we established a Biotechnology Training Program (BTP) at UVA with the goal of providing fertile ground for the development of future leaders in science and technology.  It is one of only 19 BTPs nationwide.  Our graduates are scientific leaders at major biotechnology companies, federal agencies, and foundations, and lead independent research labs at universities, or are postdoctoral scientists at institutions nationwide.

The BTP offers many enhancements.  The 2 – 3 month company externship training is transformative.  Some students alter career plans towards academia or industrial research.  Others affirm prior career directions or receive unexpected offers of employment.  All make important contributions, some publish articles, and invariably the collaboration enhances thesis projects.  Venues are worldwide, from Boston to San Francisco to Australia, England, Holland, Finland, Germany, Spain and Sweden.

We also offer company tours – including Merck, Pfizer, BD;  panel discussions with industrial leaders – including BTP alumni; as well as seminars and biannual symposia that gather recognized innovators under the umbrella of a broad scientific theme.

Our outstanding mentors from across the sciences at UVA are award-winning leaders in their fields, with success in nurturing the best from our students.  Many hold patents, and several have started companies.  This is an exciting time for our students to be at the frontlines of science and technology.


  • Abbott, Stephen

    Neurobiology of the autonomic nervous system and the homeostatic control of breathing

  • Ai, Huiwang

    Molecular Biosensors; Spatiotemporal Regulation of Biological Signaling; Protein Engineering for Imaging, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics

  • Bao, Huan

    Biophysics of membrane pore formation; research and therapeutic applications of lipid nanoparticles.

  • Caliari, Steven

    Engineering biomaterials as cellular microenvironments

  • Derewenda, Zygmunt S.

    Structure-function relationships in proteins

  • Engel, Daniel A.

    Drug Discovery and Molecular Biology of Pathogenic RNA viruses: Ebola, SARS-CoV-2, Influenza and Zika

  • Farber, Charles R.

    Systems Genetics of Skeletal Development and Maintenance

  • Felder, Robin A.

    Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology. Medical Automation Research. Neurotransmitters, cell surface receptors and intracellular second messengers.

  • Ford, Roseanne M.

    Bacterial attachment and biofilms, microbial transport in porous media

  • Fox, Jay W.

    Basement Membrane Structure and Metalloproteinases

  • Gelfand, Bradley

    Blinding disease age-related macular degeneration, utilizing the tools of immunology, molecular biology, and engineering.

  • Guler, Ali D.

    Circadian entrainment for the treatment of metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases

  • Hammarskjöld, Marie-Louise

    Post Transcriptional Gene Regulation and the Molecular Biology of Human Retroviruses

  • Harris, Thurl E

    Molecular mechanisms controlling insulin signaling and fat synthesis.

  • Hunt, Donald F.

    Analytical Biochemistry

  • Kedes, Dean H.

    Human Herpes virus associated with malignancy, including Kaposi's Sarcoma

  • Kelly, Kimberly

    Advancement in the design of imaging agents; molecular imaging and radiological sciences.

  • Kozminski, Keith G.

    Regulation of Polarized Morphogenesis

  • Lampe, Kyle

    Neural tissue engineering, biomaterials, drug delivery, redox regulation of stem cell fate, engineering cell-interactive microenvironments

  • Landers, James P.

    Bioanalytical Chemistry on Microchips

  • Laurie, Gordon W.

    Restoration of Homeostasis in Disease

  • Lynch, Kevin R.

    Chemical biology of sphingosine 1-phosphate

  • Martens, Jeffrey


  • Moskaluk, Christopher A.

    Molecular pathogenesis and genomic analysis of human cancers

  • Naegle, Kristen

    Regulation and function of tyrosine phosphorylation in complex networks

  • Nieh, Edward Horng-An

    Understanding the neural code underlying motivated behaviors like feeding, drinking, and social interaction, with a focus on how malfunction in associated brain areas are involved in diseases like addiction and eating disorders

  • Peirce-Cottler, Shayn M.

    Tissue Engineering and Regeneration, Computational Systems Biology, Vascular Growth and Remodeling, Stem Cell Therapies

  • Pompano, Rebecca

    Bioanalytical tools for inflammatory disease

  • Purow, Benjamin W.

    Novel therapeutic approaches to brain cancers and to other neurologic diseases

  • Rekosh, David M.

    Human Immunodeficiency Virus Gene Expression; Human Endogenous Viruses; SARS-CoV-2 Protein Trafficking; Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation

  • Sheybani, Natasha

    Biomedical Engineering

  • Sheynkman, Gloria M.

    Proteoform Systems Biology: proteogenomic approaches to uncover the role of proteomic variation in human disease

  • Swami, Nathan

    Molecular and bioelectric devices; tissue regeneration.

  • Taylor, Justin J

    B cell Analysis and Engineering

  • Venton, B. Jill

    Analytical Neurochemistry; Dopamine and Serotonin Neurotransmission in Drosophila; Mechanisms of rapid adenosine signaling in rodents

  • Wang, Bowen

    Toward better understanding of and innovative therapies for peripheral vascular diseases

  • Xie, Jinghang

    Molecular Imaging; Cancer Immunology; Vaccines; Antibiotic Resistance.

  • Yates, Paul A.

    Development and regulation of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and blood vessels as they relate to retinal diseases.

  • Zang, Chongzhi

    Bioinformatics methodology development; Epigenetics and chromatin biology; Transcriptional regulation; Cancer genomics and epigenomics; Statistical methods for biomedical data integration; Advanced machine learning; Theoretical and computational biophysic

  • Zeichner, Steven L.

    Pathogenesis of infectious diseases and the development of new therapies and vaccines for infectious diseases and cancers.

  • Zhang, Tian

    Integrating high-throughput proteomic, chemical, genetic and computational tools for target identification and drug discovery in cancer biology

  • Zunder, Eli

    Single Cell Analysis