The Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology brings together expertise from Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Whiting School of Engineering, Applied Physics Lab, and Krieger School of Arts and Sciences to create new knowledge and new technologies at the interface of nanoscience and medicine.


Launched in 2006, INBT focuses its efforts in research on the basic biological sciences, the clinical sciences, and public health. In the basic biological sciences, INBT supports research exploiting nanoscience to advance our understanding of cellular and molecular dynamics at the molecular level. In the clinical sciences, INBT supports research to develop novel methods for diagnostics and therapeutics. In public health, INBT supports research to understand the potential impact of nanoscience and nanotechnology on health and the environment, as well as on using nanoscience to solve environmental problems.

INBT supports research through a pilot program and grant submission service.


INBT has created a unique model for training researchers at the interface between nanoscience and medicine, involving lecture courses, laboratory courses, professional development seminars, peer-to-peer teaching, and communications workshops. All students are co-advised by faculty from both the physical sciences/engineering and the biological sciences/medicine.

INBT is home to a graduate training program and postdoctoral positions  in nanobiotechnology. INBT also maintains the nanobio laboratory, with facilities for both teaching and research. A summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) program and an international research experience for students (IRES) program are also offered. INBT’s staff offer courses and workshops in science animations and science communication.


INBT organizes an annual nanobio symposium, typically drawing more than 400 attendees from both the University and industry and featuring more than 100 posters on nanobiotechnology research. INBT maintains a comprehensive web site with searchable databases for faculty research and funding opportunities.

News of INBT activities and articles about the published research of affiliated faculty are reported to the University community and to the news media via its newsletter, through press releases, and publication on the INBT Web site.


The Institute’s Corporate Partnership program provides an interface with industry through the development of summer internships and other opportunities for student-industry research collaborations. INBT currently has five Corporate Partners who play a critical role in carrying out INBT’s mission of multidisciplinary research, education and technology transfer.