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Johns Hopkins/NCI Molecular Target and Drug Discovery Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins University and the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have partnered to create a new concentration in the Master of Science in Biotechnology program, called Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery Technologies. This innovative program focuses on bioassay development, chemical libraries, molecular targets and cancer, and high-throughput screening laboratory automation.   

Johns Hopkins Biotechnology Student and NCI Fellow Chris Larrimore

Meet Chris Larrimore, MS in Biotechnology and NCI fellow.


A special feature of the concentration is the NCI-CCR Fellowship Program. This competitive program will recruit immediate post-baccalaureates to work in NCI-CCR laboratories on projects related to the Molecular Targets Initiative.

While studying for the Master of Science in Biotechnology, the fellows will receive paid tuition for up to two years and an annual stipend. Ten Courses will be required for graduation (4 core courses, 6 electives). Practical lab courses are included as part of the curriculum.

Core Science Courses

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Cellular Biology I
  • Advanced Cellular Biology II

(4 courses required)

Core Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery Technologies Courses

  • Molecular Targets and Cancer
  • Bioassay Development
  • Chemical Libraries and Diversity
  • High-Throughput Screening and Automation Laboratory

(4 courses required)


  • Molecular Basis of Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Protein Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • Microarray and Analysis
  • Microfluids and Biosensors

(2 courses selected)

For Investigators

Project Proposals are now closed.


To apply or learn more about this program, visit the Johns Hopkins University Center for Biotechnology Education.

Eligibility Requirement

NOTE: In order to be approved for logistical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check  using Standard Form-85 (read-SF-85).  Section 14 of the Form asks, "in the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?" The questions pertain to the illegal use of drugs or controlled substances in accordance with Federal laws, even though permissible under state laws.  Federal laws supersede all state laws. 

CCR Contact                                        JHU Contact

Jonathan S. Wiest, Ph.D.                                                   Kristina Obom, Ph.D.
Director                                                                               Director, Center for Biotechnology Education
Center for Cancer Training                                              Program Director, Biotechnology. Individualized Genomics and Health
National Cancer Institute                                                 Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
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