Imaging Science and Informatics Programs

The overarching theme of this program is to train comprehensive imaging scientists in the skills necessary to identify clinically relevant problems. Topics include: developing instrumentation, sensors, and contrast agents to form images appropriate for the problem; and analyzing the resulting imaging data using signal processing, mathematical modeling, visualizations, and informatics techniques to improve the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases.

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Portfolio in Imaging Science 

The basic requirement to complete this portfolio program is 12 hours of coursework (4 courses), which provide the requisite core knowledge for an imaging scientist. Learn more about portfolio programs at The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School. If you are interested in completing the Imaging Science and Informatics Portfolio Program, please contact the Graduate Coordinator

Required Courses for Portfolio Completion (12 credit hours)
  1. Approved course in Biomedical Imaging Modalities (3 credit hours)
  2. Approved course in Image Processing (3 credit hours)
  3. Approvd course in Modeling and Visualization (3 credit hours)
  4. Approved course in Data Mining and Informatics (3 credit hours)

Some, but not necessarily all, of these courses may count toward your doctoral degree requirements as well. Additionally, optional coursework and seminars are available to portfolio students.

Fellowship in Imaging Science and Informatics

The Department of Biomedical Engineering was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) training grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), an Institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This grant includes competitive fellowships to support selected biomedical engineering doctoral students in the Imaging Science and Informatics Portfolio Program. The prestigious one-year fellowship includes a stipend, funds for educational and research supplies, and two semesters of tuition.

To be eligible for the fellowship, one must be an admitted doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. After admissions to the BME doctoral program, candidates will have the opportunity to request consideration for the fellowship.

This very prestigious fellowship supports interdisciplinary training through an extended support network of faculty and clinical mentors, toward the goal of becoming a comprehensive imaging scientist. Students with research interests that extend beyond imaging sciences and informatics have been successful at diversifying their training through this program, while having the honor of being a Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellow.

Required Courses for Fellowship Recipients (18 credit hours + seminars):

In addition to the 12 credit hours (4 courses) required to complete the Portfolio listed above, Kirschstein Fellowship Recipients must complete the following additional 6 credit hours (2 courses):

  1. BME 381J.8 Functional Imaging Lab (3 credit hours)
  2. Approved course in Image Processing (3 credit hours)
  3. Approved course in Modeling and Visualization (3 credit hours)
  4. Approved course in Data Mining and Informatics (3 credit hours)
  5. BME 385J Imaging Clinical Immersion (3 credit hours)
  6. BME 381J.8 Functional Imaging Lab (3 credit hours)
  7. BME 197E Professional Responsibilities Seminar (1 credit hour)
  8. BME 197P Professional Development Seminar (1 credit hour)

Some or all of these courses may count toward your doctoral degree requirements as well. Notice that students who complete the fellowship program will also meet the requirements for the portfolio program. The program directors and the Graduate Advisor are available to help students select their elective coursework. Discuss with the Graduate Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator.

Professional Development Opportunities

There are several professional development opportunities related to imaging science and informatics that are required for fellowship recipients and recommended for portfolio students:

  • Summer Externship Experience between first and second year
  • Co-supervision and recommendations for committee structure
  • Professional Responsibilities in Imaging (BME 197E)
  • Graduate Professional Development Seminar (BME 197P)

Contact

Professor H. Grady Rylander, Training Program Co-Director
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Professor Mia K. Markey, Training Program Co-Director
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