Introducing: Wave Phenomena with Biophysical Applications

Dr. Reich will be teaching Physics AS 171.309 – Wave Phenomena with Biophysical Applications in Spring 2016.

Description (from Catalog):
Introduction to wave phenomena, primarily through study of biophysical probes that depend on the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter. Topics include Fourier Analysis; standing waves; sound and hearing; diffraction and crystallography; geometrical and physical optics – the physics of modern light microscopy; quantum mechanics – how living things absorb light; NMR and MRI. Occasional laboratory exercises are included during sections.

More detailed description (from Instructor):
Most of the ways we visualize biological systems involve the use of waves.  This is an introductory course on wave phenomena that is tailored for students in the biosciences (broadly defined).  It provides an introduction to the physics and mathematics of waves (Fourier methods) by a study of perhaps the most tangible common wave phenomena i.e. sound, and then explores some of the most important wave-based probes of biological and biophysical systems to answer questions like:  How do we know the structure of biological macromolecules, such as DNA?   How do common biological imaging techniques like phase contrast and DIC microscopy actually work, and how is an image formed in an MRI scan? While primarily intended as an undergraduate course, this class has also proven valuable for grad students in nano-bioscience-related fields who may not have seen this material previously.

Some knowledge of single-variable calculus will be assumed.  All other needed mathematical techniques will be covered as part of the course.

Spring 2016, Homewood Campus,  MWF 11-11:50AM,  T 3-3:50P Level:  upper level undergraduate, Credits: 4

INBT “How-To” Tutorials start today with Adobe Illustrator for Scientist and Engineers

The INBT director of web and animation is presenting a hands-on tutorial on Adobe Illustrator.  Undergraduates, graduates and postdocs will learn techniques to enhance skills in Adobe.


Winter professional development seminars slated

Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) will present two professional development seminars this winter to keep you informed and help you on your career path. RSVP is required to attend.

Financial careers for scientists and engineers

Sheryl Zhou

Sheryl Zhou

Sheryl Zhou of Brown Advisory, an independently owned investment firm, will visit on January 26 at 3:30pm in the Mason Hall boardroom. She will discuss opportunities and career paths for PhD scientists in the financial and consultant fields.

Zhou is a member of the equity research team covering the health care sector. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, she covered the biotech/pharmaceutical sector at Adage Capital and Cayuga Fund during business school.

Zhou received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Cornell Medical School and worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for six years. She also received an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.

Pathways to entrepreneurship

Jennifer Hammaker, Director of the Maryland Innovation Initiative at Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) will join us on February 10, also at 3:30pm in the Mason Hall boardroom. She will
discuss opportunities in entrepreneurship and business formation.

Jennifer Hammaker

Jennifer Hammaker

Prior to joining TEDCO, Hammaker was Director of the Innovation Transfer Network, a first-of-its-kind Pennsylvania network of thirteen small colleges and universities focused on commercialization.

INBT presents these professional development seminars as a service and outreach to the Johns Hopkins Community. To attend any of INBT’s professional development seminars, please RSVP to Ashanti Edwards at

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Apply now for Certificate of Advanced Studies in Nanobiotechnology

Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology is recruiting for the fall and spring cohorts for our graduate training program. Doctoral students who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Nanobiotechnology. Students already admitted to graduate programs in most science and engineering disciplines are invited to apply.

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If accepted, INBT training program students participate in:

  • weekly journal clubs and tutorials
  • additional education through an engineering course and dvanced cell biology course
  • the intersession Nanobio Bootcamp
  • a science communications course

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ashanti Edwards directly at or reach out to INBT directors Peter Searson or Denis Wirtz. We look forward to reviewing the files of prospective applicants for the program.

For more information on our graduate programs visit this link.

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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.