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Johns Hopkins/NCI Molecular Target and Drug Discovery Fellowship

Meet Chris Larrimore, current MS in Biotechnology student and NCI fellow. Learn more at

The Johns Hopkins University and the Center for Cancer Research/National Cancer Institute (CCR/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 will focus on bioassay development, chemical libraries, molecular targets and cancer, and high throughput screening laboratory automation.

A special feature of the concentration is the CCR/NCI Fellowship Program. This competitive program will recruit immediate post-baccalaureates to work in CCR/NCI 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.

For Investigators:

Submit a project proposal

Required Courses:

Core Science Courses (4 courses required):

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

Core Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery Technologies Courses (4 courses required):

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

Electives (2 courses selected):

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


Applications for September 2014 are now CLOSED.

CCR contact:

Jonathan S. Wiest, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Training and Education
Office of Training and Education
CCR Office of the Director
9609 Medical Center Drive
Room 2W-104
Bethesda, MD 10892
Office: 240-276-5628