In the News

Dec. 13, 2011 – Popular Science

Wound-Treating Jelly Regenerates Fresh, Scar-Free Skin

Sharon Gerecht, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and her postdoc Guoming Sun, were mentioned in a article on the Popular Science magazine website. The post describes Gerecht’s and Sun’s engineered hydrogel, which requires no added growth factors to cause it to facilitate the complete regeneration of burned skin.

Sept. 27, 2010 – Wall Street Journal

And tomorrow’s winners will be…

Associate professor David Gracias of the Whiting School of Engineering Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering was acknowledged by Francis Collins, former leader of the Human Genome Project and current director of the National Institutes of Health. “The drug-delivery devices are small enough to fit through a hypodermic needle, thereby facilitating minimally invasive implantation and guidance in hard-to-reach microspaces,” Collins said in the article.

Jul. 20, 2009 – ASU News

Student’s summer filled with nanobiotechnology

Stephanie Naufel, a senior majoring in bioengineering in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, is in Baltimore this summer to participate in the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

Jan. 12, 2009 – The JHU Gazette
Wireless Microgrippers Grab Living Cells in ‘Biopsy’ Tests
David Gracias, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and affiliated faculty member of Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology, lead a team of researchers that developed tiny microgrippers that can be controlled by harmless chemicals and magnets. This tiny tool, which closes around an object like a hand, could be used to conduct minimally invasive biopsies. Experiments using the device were reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Early Edition for the week of Jan. 12-16). Several news outlets, including the July 13, 2009 issue of The New York Times and featured stories on the mircrogrippers, as well as videos that demonstrated how it works.

Oct. 28, 2008 – WJZ-TV
Spice in Indian Food May Help Fight Cancer
Anirban Maitra, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and affiliated faculty member of the Institute for NanoBioTechnology, has created tiny, nano-curcumin particles so small they can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach.

May. 22, 2008 – CBS Evening News
A New Frontier In The War On Cancer: Behind The Scenes With Cancer Researchers Fine-Tuning Nanotechnologies
George Sgouros, professor of radiology and affiliated faculty member of the Institute for NanoBioTechnology is one the scientist featured in a news segment on the CBS Evening News.

Mar. 17, 2008 – MSNBC
The future of biomedicine: virtual humans
Andre Levchenko, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and an affiliated researcher with the Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said the monumental task is nonetheless important for understanding Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other conditions that affect the brain.

Feb. 27, 2008 – Washington Post
State Hopes to Attract Emerging Industry
Boosting Maryland as a hub of nanobiotechnology research, legislators and higher education leaders joined yesterday to propose a $5 million state program to award research grants and lure private-sector firms to locate in the state.

Feb. 13, 2008 – Science Daily
‘Lab On A Chip’ Mimics Brain Chemistry
Johns Hopkins researchers from the Whiting School of Engineering and the School of Medicine have devised a micro-scale tool – a lab on a chip – designed to mimic the chemical complexities of the brain. The system should help scientists better understand how nerve cells in the brain work together to form the nervous system.

Dec. 21, 2007 – AAAS Science Careers Blog
A Bio-Nano Training Opportunity at Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins University is on the lookout for new recruits to enroll in their Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Nanotechnology for Biology and Medicine (NBMed). Funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and run out of the university’s Institute for Nanobiotechnology (INBT).

Nov. 12, 2007 – The JHU Gazette
Together We Stand: Bacteria Organize to Survive Hostile Environments
Using an innovative device with microscopic chambers, researchers from Johns Hopkins and three other institutions have gleaned important new information about how bacteria survive in hostile environments by forming antibiotic-resistant communities called biofilms. These biofilms play key roles in cystic fibrosis, urinary tract infections and other illnesses, and the researchers say their findings could help in the development of new treatments and preventive measures.

Oct. 31, 2007 –
Networking and Presentations Skills Emphasized at Undergraduate Research Conference
…..Ashanti Edwards, an educational program coordinator at the Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University, said that summer research projects allow participants to see the level of education required to work in a top notch laboratory.

“[Then] they go back to their home university and take an extra chemistry or calculus class to get prepared for graduate school,” said Edwards, who was among over 60 exhibitors attending the conference to attract students to summer research programs and internships.

Oct. 28, 2007 – The Maryland Daily Record
Testing tiny solutions
Hopkins gets $200K grant to study nanotechnology
The emerging field of nanotechnology could mean a future in which blood tests take place on miniature laboratories the size of a molecule, drugs too small to see travel directly to the site of infection, and beauty lotions and cosmetics form an invisible film of tiny particles over skin.

Oct. 8, 2007 – The JHU Gazette
Faculty Team to Develop Nanotech Risk Assessment Minor
Johns Hopkins faculty members specializing in disciplines ranging from engineering to public health have received federal funding to develop an undergraduate minor in nanotechnology risk assessment and public policy. The program is expected to accept its first students by fall 2009.

Aug. 25, 2007 – Baltimore Examiner, page 11
Smaller than small is the new big thing
It’s in many products, from Domino’s pharmacy-grade sugar, to enzyme-based laundry detergents, computers and electronics, but you won’t see it.
Nanotechnology — items, goods and materials manufactured on the far end of the microscopic scale — is revolutionizing manufacturing, medicine and the government agencies that regulate them, said Peter Searson.