The Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) is an exceptionally diverse, multidisciplinary team of faculty, researchers, and student experts uncovering new knowledge and creating innovative technologies at the interface of nanoscience, engineering, and medicine. Launched in 2006, INBT aims to revolutionize research by fostering a collaborative environment among engineers, scientist, and clinicians to pioneer new ways to solve some of the most complex challenges in healthcare and the environment. It brings together experts from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Whiting School of Engineering, Applied Physics Lab, and Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
INBT’s research focuses on improving and searching for new solutions to challenges in healthcare and the environment. It supports research utilizing nanoscience to advance our understanding of cellular and molecular dynamics. Researchers use this knowledge to develop novel diagnostic tools for early disease detection, study stem cells and regenerative engineering to repair damaged and diseased tissues, and engineer cancer therapies by studying cancerous cells at a precise level of detail in a three-dimensional environment.
INBT has a unique model for training future researchers, from the undergraduate through the postdoctoral level, at the interface between nanoscience and medicine. This includes traditional lecture courses, laboratory courses, professional development seminars, peer-to-peer teaching, and communications workshops. Students are co-advised by faculty from both the physical sciences/engineering and the biological sciences/medicine. Students can expand their training through the international research experience for students (IRES) program or by taking INBT staff-instructed courses and workshops in scientific animations and science communications.
The Corporate Partnership Program at INBT provides a unique relationship for students to work at the interface of research and industry-developed technologies. Students can participate through summer internships and other student-industry research collaborations. INBT’s partnerships with corporations play a critical role in carrying out INBT’s mission of multidisciplinary research, education, and technology transfer.
INBT organizes the annual NanoBio Symposium that draws attendees from both the Johns Hopkins community and industry partners. It features posters on nanobiotechnology research and invites leading experts in the field as keynote speakers. The symposium aims to highlight recent advancements and new areas of research, and foster meaningful discussions across disciplines.
News about INBT activities and published research are reported to the Johns Hopkins University community, social media, and the INBT website.