IRES – International Research Experience for Students

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INBT has funding to support four summer research internships at IMEC in Belgium. The International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides support for students to work with researchers at The Inter-University MicroElectronics Centre (IMEC) in Leuven, Belgium. Students work at IMEC’s world-class microfabrication facility and learn to design, fabricate and test a wide range of biomedical devices.

The internships are for 10 to 12 weeks and include travel expenses, accommodation, and a stipend.


  • The IRES program is open to Johns Hopkins undergraduate and graduate students ONLY.
  • Candidates must have a major in the science or engineering fields.
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S. nationals are eligible to apply.

How to Apply:

  • Industry-style resume
  • Research statement
  • One professional letter of reference

Send to Tom Fekete at If you have additional questions or for more information on the application process, please contact Tom. We will begin accepting applications in Fall 2017.

Students from under-represented racial/minority groups and women in science and engineering are encouraged to apply.

Past Projects:

-Boosting the motor imagery performance of brain computer interfaces when using 4 channel dry electrode electroencephalography headset in a clinical environment

-IMEC has developed a new microelectrode array chip with nano-engineered surfaces. This project involved characterizing the growth of primary rat ventricular cardiomyocytes and hIPSC-derived cardiomyocytes grown on nanogrooves in support of the development of a “heart on a chip” for diagnostic purposes.

-IMEC is a renowned center of excellence in the field of nano-electronics. This opens up opportunities when combining nano- with life science technologies, more specifically in the field of point-of-care (PoC) diagnostics. This internship focused on development of fast nucleic acid detection assays using droplet based microfluidic techniques.

-High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has the potential to be used in the treatment of several medical disorders (neurological, oncological, urological, etc.). This internship involved modeling, design and measurement of a focused ultrasound transducer with tunable acoustic lens including 3D printing and finite element analysis.

-Using microfluidic droplet technology incorporating yeast cultures that will rapidly identify superior strains for production applications.



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