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Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences!

Stephen Desiderio, M.D., Ph.D. James Berger, Ph.D.

Virtually all mechanistic understanding of disease, all current treatments and diagnostic tools have as their foundation a basic science discovery; the more basic the discovery, the more far reaching its effects. Fundamental research touches upon everything from diagnosis to treatment and therapy for conditions ranging from cancer to autoimmune disease.

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences promotes the fundamental research that drives advances in medicine. Our nine basic science departments study all the fundamentals, from solving protein structures to dissecting cell movement, from analyzing chromosome structure to deconstructing biochemical pathways. We have so much exciting research going on here, it’s really inspiring, and it’s only part of the story.

When the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was founded in 1893, the unusual mandate was that the field of medicine was to be treated as a form of graduate study and include scientific research, and physicians and scientists were thought of as one and the same. Despite tremendous growth, advances in technology and changing pressures in healthcare, the link between medicine and scholarship remains unbroken here at Hopkins even today.

The IBBS reinforces that link by fostering a unique and collaborative environment bridging basic science and clinical research. The eight interdisciplinary IBBS centers bring together experts from a vast range of science and medical backgrounds to study metabolism and obesity, pain, autism and mental illness, sensory loss and other medical conditions in new and innovative ways. We're adopting new technologies, building new tools and using them to track cells and molecules, crack the codes that control how genetic material is read and rebuild tissues and organs.

We invite you to join us.

James Berger, Ph.D.
IBBS Director

Faculty Awards Program

The Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences supports nominating faculty for awards that are available through various institutions and societies. We value recognition for the important science and discoveries made by our faculty and their research teams. To support this, we have compiled an extensive list of awards relevant to basic scientists. The list will be updated periodically to show past and future awards.

 
 

Leadership

IBBS Leadership

  • Deborah Jean Andrew, Ph.D., M.S.

    Associate Director for Faculty Development, Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
    Professor of Cell Biology

    Deborah Jean Andrew
  • James M. Berger, Ph.D.

    Director, Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Co-Director, Cancer Chemical and Structural Biology Program, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
    Professor of Oncology
    Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences

    James M. Berger
  • Alex Leo Kolodkin, Ph.D.

    Deputy Director, Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
    Professor of Neuroscience
    Joint Appointment in Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Alex Leo Kolodkin
  • Svetlana Lutsenko, Ph.D.

    Associate Director for Basic Science and Clinical Relations, Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
    Professor of Physiology
    Professor of Medicine

    Svetlana Lutsenko

IBBS Department Chairs

  • Namandje N. Bumpus, Ph.D.

    Director, Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences
    Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences
    Professor of Medicine
    Professor of Oncology

    Namandje N. Bumpus
  • Michael Jerry Caterina, M.D., Ph.D.

    Solomon H. Snyder Professor
    Director, Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute
    Interim Director, Department of Biological Chemistry
    Professor of Neurosurgery
    Professor of Biological Chemistry
    Professor of Neuroscience

    Michael Jerry Caterina
  • Andrew J. Ewald, Ph.D.

    Director, Department of Cell Biology
    Co-Leader, Cancer Invasion and Metastasis Program (CIM)
    Professor of Cell Biology
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Professor of Oncology

    Andrew J. Ewald
  • William B. Guggino, Ph.D.

    Director, Department of Physiology
    Professor of Physiology
    Professor of Pediatrics

    William B. Guggino
  • Richard L. Huganir, Ph.D.

    Director, Department of Neuroscience
    Co-Director, Brain Science Institute
    Professor of Neuroscience
    Joint Appointment in Biological Chemistry
    Joint Appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Richard L. Huganir
  • Joseph Leonard Mankowski, D.V.M., Ph.D.

    Professor of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology
    Professor of Neurology
    Professor of Pathology

    Joseph Leonard Mankowski
  • Michael I. Miller, Ph.D.

    Bessie Darling Massey Professor and Director, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Co-director of the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Joint Appointment in Neuroscience

    Michael I. Miller
  • Jeremy Nathans, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Professor of Neuroscience
    Professor of Ophthalmology

    Jeremy Nathans
  • Cynthia Wolberger, Ph.D.

    Director of the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
    Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
    Professor of Oncology

    Cynthia Wolberger
 
 

Private philanthropy is our hope for the future.

Philanthropic support has never been more critically important than it is today, nor has the potential return on investment been greater.

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