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Biological Transport
Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
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Blacksburg VA 24061
Norris Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
IGEP Degree in Biological Transport
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Fall: Aug 01
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Graduate Program Director(s) : John Socha (Director), Daniela Cimini (Co-Director)
Professors: Daniela Cimini; Rafael Davalos; Raffaella De Vita; Linsey Marr; Shane Ross; David Schmale; Eva Schmelz; John Socha; Mark Stremler
Associate Professors: Nicole Abaid; Jonathan Boreyko; Stephen Melville; Anne Staples
Assistant Professors: Jing Chen; Hosein Foroutan; Clement Vinauger Tella
Research Assistant Professors: Chloe Lahondere

Biological Transport (BIOTRANS) previously known as Multi-Scale Transport in Environmental and Physiological Systems

The Biological Transport (BIOTRANS) program provides a framework for interdisciplinary education and research that trains future leaders of academic and industrial research to think, collaborate, and contribute at the intersection of the biological and engineering sciences. This program develops participants who are experts in a core discipline of engineering or biology and who are also proficient in the alternate discipline, with understanding and appreciation of its methods, culture, and perspectives. BIOTRANS trainees can receive 12 months of financial support from the program while working toward a graduate degree in one of the departments listed below.

To receive full consideration for financial support in the following academic year, applications should be submitted by January 15.

For more information please visit or contact Sally Shrader, Program Administrator, via email at

Colleges, Programs, & Faculty (*Executive Committee members):

College of Engineering

Aerospace and Ocean Engineering - Shane Ross

Civil & Environmental Engineering – Hosein Foroutan, Linsey Marr

Biomedical Engineering & Mechanics – Rafael Davalos, Raffaella De Vita, *Jake Socha, Anne Staples, Mark Stremler

Mechanical Engineering - Jonathan Boreyko

  College of Science

Biological Sciences – Jing Chen, *Daniela Cimini, Steve Melville

Mathematics - Nicole Abaid

  College of Agricultural & Life Sciences 

Biochemistry - Chloe Lahondere, Clement Vinauger

Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise – Eva Schmelz

School of Plant and Enviromental Sciences

Plant Pathology, Physiology & Weed Science – David Schmale

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Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
Biological Transport (BIOTRANS) previously known as Multi-Scale Transport in Environmental and Physiological Systems participants earn a degree from one of the participating degree-granting programs; see the list of programs under Program Overview and visit the relevant Graduate Catalog entry for your program of interest.

Biological Transport (BIOTRANS) previously known as Multi-Scale Transport in Environmental and Physiological Systems

Program participants have access to the office and laboratory facilities of their advising faculty; see the faculty list under Program Overview.