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Rosetta REU

Johns Hopkins University is a member of Rosetta Commons. It is a collaborative group of laboratories, institutes, research centers, and corporate partners in the US and abroad that develop software to understand, predict, and design biomolecules including proteins and nucleic acids. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation.

INBT faculty member, Jeffrey Gray, is part of the Rosetta Labs REU program where interning students study glycoengineering for immunotherapy and biofuels. Glycosylation is a key marker of cancer cells, and biofuels are comprised of cellulosic material. Both require modeling of the structure and dynamics of the underlying sugars comprising the molecules. This project will apply new glycoprotein modeling tools for these critical applications.


Students will spend one week at the Rosetta Code School where they will learn the inner details of the Rosetta C++ code and community coding environment. The remaining 8 weeks will be spent in the Gray lab doing hands-on research. The summer will finish with a trip to the Rosetta Conference in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, where students present their research in a poster and connect with Rosetta developers from around the world. Students will also engage in weekly virtual journal clubs and writing and presentation training. Interns receive housing, travel expenses up to $500, and a stipend of $5,500.


  • College sophomores or juniors preferred.
  • Major in computer science, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and/or biophysics.
  • Availability for at least 10 weeks during the summer.
  • Strong interest in attending graduate school.
  • U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or U.S. national only. 
  • While not required, we seek candidates with some combination of experiences in scientific or academic research, C++/Python/*nix/databases, software engineering, object-oriented programming, and/or collaborative development (git).


The next round of application submissions will open in November 2017. Submit the following application materials to Camille Mathis at cmathis@jhu.edu:

  • Resume
  • College Transcript
  • Personal statement. Please include a brief summary of your research and computing experience, and answer why you think you are a good candidate for the position and why this internship interests you. Your statement should not exceed 4000 characters.
  • Two references (complete the reference forms with contact information)

Deadline for receipt of applications and recommendation letters is February 1, 2018.

Students from underrepresented racial/minority groups in STEM are encouraged to apply. For further inquiries, please contact Camille Mathis.

Helpful Links

Rosetta Commons

Jeff Gray Lab



For questions about INBT's education programs contact: Camille Mathis / cmathis@jhu.edu / 410-516-6572