I get this question a lot from people here at Nanopapria.eu. Well, it depends on what sort of degree you are are really after. There are many schools in the United States that offer courses and even degrees in nanotechnology or nanobiotechnology. Please read on to find out more...

A microfluidic device from the lab of Andre Levchenko. [Photo by Will Kirk/JHU]

I can only speak for Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins University does not AT THIS TIME offer a specific degree in nanobiotechnology. That is because we consider nanobio to be a multidisciplinary field that requires expertise in at least two fields: medicine and engineering for example or physics and chemistry.

I work and study at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in the USA. Johns Hopkins is probably best known for its School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. But you can also study engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, biomedical engineering, molecular biology and many more subjects at Johns Hopkins University. We have programs in history, English, art, film, international studies and others also.

Nanobead device used to measure torque on DNA strands from the lab of Sean Sun. [Photo credit: Celedon/JHU]

If you want to study nanobiotechnology at Johns Hopkins, you must FIRST be accepted into one of the PhD programs already offered on campus. Most nanobio students are earning doctoral degrees in chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, or medicine. THEN, after you have been accepted, you can come to the Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) and ask about our fellowship programs. Typically these programs are only available to US residents or PERMANENT residents. However, this can change because we receive new grant moneys and start new programs all the time. So it does not hurt to ask.

Then you must apply to our fellowships to actually become a nanobio student. Nanobio fellowship students work in TWO different laboratories on campus. They must participate in journal clubs and lab meetings for at least two different lab groups. They will have two faculty advisers. Usually these faculty advisers will come from diverse fields such as engineering or biology. In this way a student becomes an expert in two areas of science.

You will still earn a PhD from your primary department, but you will have to take other courses specific to the nanobiotechnology fellowship. You will graduate with a special distinction as an INBT fellow.

In addition to our doctoral program, we also have a summer program for undergraduates (bachelors students) and a postdoctoral program in nanotechnology for cancer. But if you are not a resident or citizen, do not let that discourage you. There are many other ways to learn about nanobiotechnology. Students in any department may get special permission to enroll in the nanobio classes offered by INBT. But this is on a case-by-case basis.

The first step is to APPLY to Johns Hopkins University in the department you are most interested in.

Nanoparticles used in imaging and drug delivery from the lab of Jeff Bulte. [Photo credit: Bulte/JHU]


You can read more about Johns Hopkins University here.

You can read more about the Institute for NanoBioTechnology here.

US universities and colleges that offer specific degrees in NANOTECHNOLOGY.

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Comment by CH.L.R.Jaidev on August 22, 2009 at 5:15pm
The information you gave about the offering of the course in nanobiotechnology at john hopkins university is nice.

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Comment by Dr.Vishnuvardhan K Tatri on August 22, 2009 at 10:39am
Nano biotechnology can gives idea about nano biology there are so many compoundsm can be made nano process aslo becomes easy technology will helps in doing so that is new tecnique one should do

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Comment by raji akeem adewale on August 19, 2009 at 8:34pm
i have first degree in chemistry with second class upper of 4.28 out of 5.0 which area of nanoscience can i go into!

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Comment by raji akeem adewale on August 19, 2009 at 8:32pm
i will like to have full details of all the universities in the europe and australia that offer nanotechnology at master level with scholarships. the reply can be send to my e mail box, thanks.

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Comment by Dr. Vijay Nath on August 10, 2009 at 7:06am
photo setting is not good.

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Comment by Peter Fojan on August 7, 2009 at 8:14pm
The degree in Nanobiotechnology with a specialised program after the bachelor program in general nanotechnology is also offered at Aalborg University in Denmark, check out the homepage

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