From Dennis O’Brien of the Baltimore Sun: “The Johns Hopkins University is starting a graduate program aimed at training a new breed of scientist and engineer – the nanotechnologist. The school has won a $1 million grant to design a program and begin training doctoral students in nanomedicine, an emerging field that treats diseases on a molecular level. The discipline shows promise in fighting various cancers and genetic illnesses.
“The effort is a response to the growing need for doctors, chemists and engineers who can work in the physical sciences with nanoscale devices, said Denis Wirtz, the Hopkins professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering who will direct the program. ‘We really believe that a key to the future of medicine is technology and, in particular, nanotechnology,’ Wirtz said. ‘We’ll be looking for people who are not only a new breed of scientist and engineer, but entrepreneurs as well.’ ” See a related story at Nanotechwire.com.