Nanotechnology Degree Program at Northeastern University

By Earl Boysen, Nancy C. Muir, Desiree Dudley, Christine Peterson

For those interested in using nanotechnology in the healthcare field, Northeastern offers a PhD in Nanomedicine. The program is made possible through an initiative called IGERT (the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) with support from the National Cancer Institute.

The program boasts a “tightly-integrated interdisciplinary team of medical researchers, pharmaceutical scientists, physicists, chemists, and chemical engineers” who help students with nanomedicine research and studies. The school stresses the interdisciplinary nature of studies, as well as opportunities for real-world experience and international research options.

Northeastern offers two other resources for students interested in nanomedicine:

  • The Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine grants MS and PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical Science. They offer a focus on Drug Delivery/Nanomedicine, as well as other areas of focus with logical ties to nanotechnology, such as imaging.

  • The Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine was approved in late 2010, so it won’t be active for a few years, but its plans include finding a path from research to actual nanomedicine cancer cures available for clinical use. The Center is funded by a grant from NCI and will be led by the current director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine.

Finally, the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing is a great resource for students interested in nanomanufacturing, including large-scale directed assembly and transfer, environmental health and safety, and regulatory and ethical issues.