The Systems-based Consortium for Organ Design and Engineering (SysCODE) offers a two-year fellowship program that provides an opportunity to work with outstanding mentors to define a path toward becoming an independent investigator who integrates developmental biology, bioengineering, and computational sciences. Cross-training fellows in two disciplines results in establishment of expertise and confidence to develop and refine interdisciplinary areas of research and new approaches to biological problems related to organ regeneration.
The SysCODE Training Program involves educational and research communities at Harvard, MIT, Boston University, and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with program headquarters at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA. The primary goal of the program is to cross-train young postdoctoral trainees in an area of expertise outside of their primary research field. Working at the intersection of multiple disciplines enables trainees to learn a new language and ultimately develop a common dialect that effectively bridges disciplines. This new generation of scholars is better prepared to address the complexity of organ design and engineering from an interdisciplinary approach. The fabric of collaboration and interdisciplinary strategy to science breaks from the usual "one postdoctoral fellow-one mentor-one laboratory" approach to postgraduate training in sciences, and actively encourages communication across laboratories, institutions and geographic boundaries. This program provides postdoctoral trainees with tools necessary for becoming independent investigators with unique faculty in the interdisciplinary team-science research.