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]
GOOD LUCK IN YOUR SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT PLACE TO STUDY NANOTECHNOLOGY!
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