Johns Hopkins STEM students: can you speak Portuguese?

Amazonas_Brazilian_state-Amazon_rainforest-Americas-Brazil-Geography_of_South_America-Intact_forest_landscape-List_of_countries_by_forest_area-List_of_rivers_of_Amazonas_Brazilian_state-List_of_the_largest_country_subdivisions_by_area-NeotrThe Brazil Global Engineering Innovations Team is currently seeking a team member to participate in their project in Amazonas, Brazil. There is a particular need for a team member with Portuguese speaking and writing experience to help the team coordinate efforts with the local host group and assist the team in purchasing supplies and travelling while in Brazil. In addition to Portuguese speaking abilities, the team member should be self-motivated, a good team player and be interested in contributing to projects to benefit individuals in the developing economy of northern Brazil. Read more about INBT’s Global Engineering Innovation Program here. Interested students should contact Nathan Nicholes at nnicho12@jhu.edu by April 11.

Read more about the Global Engineering Innovations program here.

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications accepted for INBT IRES until Feb 14

If you have been curious to discover what laboratory work is like in another country, now is your chance to apply for one of INBT’s coveted positions as an international undergraduate researcher. Applications are now being accepted for our National Science Foundation funded International Research Experience for Undergraduates in Leuven, Belgium with IMEC.  The deadline for applications is February 14, 2014. The opportunities are for Johns Hopkins University students.

IMEC clean roomIMEC boasts world-class micro- and nano-fabrication facilities and a campus with more than 1,000 researchers from around the globe who are collaborating on leading-edge projects. Belgium boasts waffles, beer and chocolate. Really, you can’t go wrong here.

INBT international research internships focus on a project of mutual interest to Johns Hopkins faculty and to IMEC investigators. INBT has a long-standing research collaboration agreement with IMEC, one of the world’s leading research organizations focusing on silicon nanotechnology headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. Since 2009, students, both undergraduates and postgraduates, from INBT labs have had the opportunity to participate in internships at IMEC’s state-of-the-art research facility. These internships have the dual purpose of providing international research experience for students as well as furthering the research interests of both Hopkins and IMEC.

To read about some of the previous experiences of our IRES participates, visit INBT’s Summer at IMEC blog here.

To apply, send the following items to Tom Fekete, INBT’s director of corporate partnerships, before Feb. 1: tfekete1@jhu.edu.

  • CV/Resume
  • Research Statement
  • Letter of Recommendation

If you are not sure what you would like to work on, Tom has a list of possible research areas that you can inquire about as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tom.  If he is unavailable, please contact Ashanti Edwards, INBT’s Academic Program Administrator at ashanti@jhu.edu.

Veltri presents PS-OC hosted talk on digital pathology and prostate cancer

Robert Veltri, associate professor Of Urology and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of the Fisher Biomarker Biorepository Laboratory, will  present the talk Quantitative Histomorphometry of Digital Pathology: Case study in prostate cancer,” to members of the Denis Wirtz Lab and the Johns Hopkins Physical Sciences-Oncology Center on Monday, December 9 at 2 p.m. in Croft G40 on the Homewood campus. Seating is limited.

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Robert Veltri

Veltri studies the biomarkers for prostate and bladder cancer and is collaborating on applications of Quantitative Digital Image Analysis (QDIA) using microscopy to quantify nuclear structure and tissue architecture. Collaborations include Case Western Reserve University biomedical engineering and the University of Pittsburgh Electrical Engineering departments studying to assess cancer aggressiveness in prostate cancer (PCa). Furthermore,  he is studying the application of molecular biomarkers for prostate (CaP) and bladder cancer (BlCa) detection and prognosis. Veltri’s work is funded by the National Cancer Institute’s PS-OC program grant), Early Detection Research Network (EDRN), and the Department of Defense related to research on Active Surveillance for PCa. He is also a co-investigator on a SBIR-I and II grant studying the application of microtransponders to multiplex molecular urine and serum biomarker testing for CaP.  Veltri has authored over 152 scientific publications and is either inventor or co-inventor on over twenty patents and two trademarks.

Official INBT undergraduate organization formed

students-chattingUndergraduate students affiliated with Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology has now become an official university group. The group’s goal is to create an environment for undergraduate researchers to get to know people, from different labs within INBT. The group will host events that will help students learn more about life after college as well as give members a chance to network and get to know one another.

To join the group, follow this link.

Biotech and pharma are possible jobs paths for chemical engineers

Upon graduation, one main avenue to pursue for a job is one within industry. As a chemical engineer whose research is focused on cancer cell biology and cell mechanics, I’ve found that there at least two major branches of industry that would suit me and others doing similar work. These are biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Biotechnology companies include Novo Nordisk, Amgen and Genentech and many others. These companies aim to meet healthcare needs by providing medication for disease treatment or novel technology for diagnostics.

industryChemical engineers have the skills to work anywhere from research and development to product quality and production by utilizing skills we have attained from both the classroom and research environment to address the needs of the company. Biotech scientist jobs not only provide exciting research opportunities, but are ranked one the best jobs in America by CNN because of their high job security, future growth, flexibility and pay.

Another sector of industrial opportunities is within the pharmaceutical industry. Major pharma companies include Johnson and Johnson, Eli Lilly, Novartis and Sanofi Aventis. These companies meet healthcare needs through the design and development of medications and drugs for a wide variety of illness and diseases. Although imbued with exciting opportunities, recent jobs cuts have threatened the job security within the pharmaceutical industry, with thousands of jobs cuts in Merck, Novartis and others. This has mostly been due to consolidation and loss of patents.

Still, the pharmaceutical and biotech industry remain among the most desirable aspects of industrial work and are great places for job opportunities for those with engineering and science training.

Ivie Aifuwa is a third year Ph.D. candidate in chemical and biomolecular engineering  in the Denis Wirtz Lab, studying the interplay between cancer and aging.

INBT recruiting for multiple training programs

INBT is currently recruiting for multiple programs.  Check out the links below for more information.

Global Engineering Innovations teams seeking new members

Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology is seeking new participants for its Global Engineering Innovations program and will host a presentation by the leader of the team in Brazil on Monday, October 28 at 5 p.m. in Schaffer 304 on the Homewood campus. Global Engineering Innovations (GEI) involves interdisciplinary student teams collaborating with international hosts to develop solutions to problems around the world.

Image courtesy of Master isolated images

Image courtesy of Master isolated images

Nathan Nicholes, pre-doctoral student in the chemical and biomolecualr engineering lab of Marc Ostermeier, will discuss the work his team has accomplished so far in Amazonas, Brazil developing an improved cassava mill. GEI is actively recruiting team members to join the group in Brazil. The team from Ocurex, which manufactures a portable retinograph machine, will also present their work for consideration for a future project.

Come learn how you can be involved in this program that combines engineering skills with international outreach. Pizza and soda will be provided.  For more information, visit INBT’s Global Engineering Innovations website here.

Download the event flyer here.

RSVP to attend to Ashanti Edwards at ashanti@jhu.edu.

Take a nanobreak at INBTea Time every Wednesday

Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology is pleased to announce the first INBTea Time every Wednesday in the corridor outside of our headquarters at 100 Croft Hall from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Grab a drink and a light snack. The first INBTea Time will be held on Wednesday, September 11. Enjoy a quick break and great conversation!

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Support INBT Summer Research Fellows

On August 1st, INBT summer REU Fellows will be presenting their summer research at a Joint Summer Research poster session at the School of Medicine.  The poster session will be held in Turner Concourse from 3-5pm.

 

Advanced Imaging Workshop: BU campus

Advanced Imaging Workshop

August 19-20, 2013,
Imaging Core Facilities, BU campus
9am – 5pm

To register, please reply to this email.

Course Directors:

Phil Allen

Jerome Mertz

Orian Shirihai

This workshop will present an overview of state-of-the-art optical microscopy techniques including phase contrast microscopy, confocal microscopy, two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF), second-harmonic generation (SHG), structured illumination microscopy (SIM), adaptive optics and light sheet microscopy. The workshop will also include topics specifically tailored to superresolution and nanoscale imaging, as well as some fundamentals, including photo physical properties of fluorescence, sensors, FRET, photo conversion and organelle tracking.

This workshop is open to students and post-docs at Boston University and other Cancer Nanotechnology Training Centers in the NCI Alliance.  Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis and SPACE IS LIMITED!  

To register, please email Brenda Hugot:  bhugot@bu.edu.