Our mission is to train the next generation of researchers in and inventors of biomedical imaging technology. With funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), we are able to offer this program, Stanford's Translational Biomedical Imaging Instrumentation (TBI2) Training Program, to well-qualified applicants.

Imaging technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, generating new techniques in research today that will become the standard of care for tomorrow. There is a high need for trained researchers in this field to fill positions in academia, industry, and government.  Our vision for achieving translational impact includes both bench to bedside (clinical translation) and bench to industry (translational entrepreneurship). Our vision is motivated by the career interests of our trainees, many of whom seek professional opportunities in academics and many of whom seek to translate their skills for translational impact by way of industry.

Stanford University has a unique multidisciplinary research effort  that spans magnetic resonance imaging/spectroscopy, computed tomography, ultrasound, PET, molecular imaging, and optical imaging. Training in these modalities, plus exposure to hybrid imaging systems (X-ray/MR, PET/MR, and MR-guided focused ultrasound), will provide trainees with broad experience using advanced biomedical imaging technologies.

TBI2 fellows are chosen from in-coming pre-doctoral students with interest in biomedical imaging.  Student's apply to participating degree-granting departments such as Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Radiation Oncology (associated research departments), and Radiology/Biomedical Physics and seperately, to the TBI2 program.

Parallel opportunites will provide experience in translational entrepreneurship to accelerate the entry of new technologies into industry for worldwide impact. Didactic training opportunities in the physics of medical imaging systems, image and signal processing, radiologic anatomy and physiology, advanced diagnostics, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy provide a rich learning environment. Furthermore, artificial intelligence and machine learning have been key technologies driving imaging innovation at Stanford for many years, and training in artificial intelligence and machine learning form a substantial emphasis of this new training program. It is woven across imaging modalities and includes both upstream and downstream applications. Trainees will also gain expertise in rigorous and reproducible experimental design, plus the ethical considerations of their research. TBI2 trainees that complete our training program will have a unique skill set that fullfills a distinct national need for researchers and leaders with expertise in advanced biomedical imaging instrumentation.

Emphasis on Diversity

While the TBI2 Program requires each trainee at the time of the award to be either a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national, or a permanent resident (see "trainee eligibility"), we are committed to training a diverse group of men and women, including those with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, so as to increase diversity in the US research workforce. To achieve this, we leverage the diversity and outreach efforts made in cooperating departments, such as, Medicine, Engineering, Humanities and Sciences.

Please learn more on our Diversity outreach page.

Apply to the Program

2024 application cycle begins

March 1, 2024