Nanotechnology for Biology and Bioengineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University offers undergraduate students from colleges and universities around the country a chance to participate in research projects in the exciting and rapidly growing area of nanobiotechnology, a place where biology, medicine, engineering, and nanoscience meet.

The REU application will open on November 1, 2020. The deadline to submit applications is February 1, 2021.

The summer 2021 program dates are June 7, 2021 – August 13, 2021.


  • 10-weeks of research in a graduate-level laboratory.
  • Professional development seminars on scientific research and tools.
  • Professional development workshops on science communication skills.
  • Oral presentation of research.
  • Poster presentations of research at annual CARES Symposium at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
  • Social activities, including trips to ArtscapeHONfestThe National Aquarium, and much more.  
  • Many weekends free to travel to Ocean City, MD, Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia, or to explore Baltimore’s rich history and culture.

Who Should Apply?

Students applying to INBT’s REU program should be serious about receiving professional research experience and professional development.

Eligible participants fall under the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents (This criterion is required by NSF, there are no exceptions).
  • Undergraduate students who have completed at least their freshman year and will not be graduating before the start of the program. Students who are not currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for the program.
  • GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • Non-Johns Hopkins University students.
  • Under-represented minority students in science and engineering fields are encouraged to apply.


Submit the following in the Slate application:

  • Personal statement (See our FAQs page for more details)
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from someone who has worked with you in a supervisory role.
  • Transcript

**Program participation is contingent on COVID-19 restrictions.


INBT offers an experience that engages students in cutting-edge nanobiotechology research. We provide a valuable summer research experience through participation in research labs and high quality student/faculty interaction and mentorships.

Students receive many benefits for participating in the REU program, including:

  • Hands-on, graduate-level laboratory research experience.
  • Guidance from faculty and graduate student mentors.
  • Development and refinement of important laboratory and communication skills.
  • Networking with experienced scientists.
  • Stipend, paid housing, and travel allowance to concentrate on research and other professional development skills.

Research Areas

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Past Projects Include:

  • Impact of Physiological Stiffness on Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Communication
  • Investigating the Mechanisms of Reduced Cell Migration in Senescent Dermal Fibroblasts
  • Effect of macrophage activation on the uptake of iron oxide nanoparticles: an in vitro study for pharmacokinetic modeling
  • Exploring the Effects of Hypoxia on Human Pluripotent Stem Cell  Derived Pericytes
  • Characterization of the intracellular domain of EphA2 in response to various ligands
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Past Projects Include:
  • Yap/Taz effect on controlling cell volume through protein synthesis regulation
  • Assessing Cell Migration in Aligned Collagen Fiber Gels
  • Murine kidney-on-a-chip model for Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Exploring the Effects of Hypoxia on Human Pluripotent Stem Cell  Derived Pericytes
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Past Projects Include:
  • Computational Analysis of T Cell Populations by the CD39/CD73 Immune Pathway
  • Digital Droplet Ratiometric Color Coding for Multiplex Detection
  • Nanoparticle-mediated Messenger RNA (mRNA) Delivery for Immunotherapy
  • Self-Assembling Supramolecular Block Copolymer Micelles for Protein Purification
  • Toward Exosome Theragnostic: Liposome−Microbead Conjugation Formation and Analysis

More information

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

See how the program influenced two-time REU student Quinton Smith’s scholarly training. Quinton went on to receive a Siebel Scholar Award and named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna Gray Fellow for 2018.

Contact INBT’s Director of Academic Programs, Camille Mathis, at for more information.

This is an NSF funded program. Award number: 1460716.