The Johns Hopkins University and School of Medicine provides excellent ambiance for graduate studies. The quality of the research and training activities attracts bright students and outstanding young faculty while maintaining a distinguished senior faculty. The environment, therefore, is very conducive to and supportive of research activities. Almost daily, research seminars are presented by visiting scientists and the latest research development, no matter where it originates, is communicated. Our faculty are editors and reviewers of scientific journals and the aura of serious research is pervasive.
The Medical School and Hospital environment is especially well suited for research training in Human Biology. Medical Schools are the only schools of human biology and Hopkins is among the best places to learn about the human phenotype. The Basic Science faculty are outstanding human biologists (geneticists, physiologists, pharmacologists, cell biologists, biochemists) and the clinical faculty are experts in human variability and disease.
The research facilities include well-equipped laboratories for molecular biology, cell culture, biochemistry and immunogenetics. Also available are state-of-the-art computer facilities, the Welch Medical Library, with an outstanding collection on genetics; and facilities of the Department of Biology on the Homewood Campus including the Johns Hopkins University Eisenhower Library. The Broadway Research Building, where the IGM is located, also has a state-of-the-art vivarum with extensive space dedicated to animal research, primarily with rodents. We also host the FINZCenter (Functional Investigation in Zebrafish) which is a premium facility devoted to this widely-used model organism.
The Homewood Campus is connected with the Medical School Campus by a 20 minute free shuttle bus ride. The shuttle runs at frequent intervals, day and night. In addition, the Hopkins environment provides expertise in virtually all current areas of research. Supporting laboratories include those in Physiological Chemistry and Microbiology and the Department of Embryology of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, in Baltimore. The NIH/Johns Hopkins Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR), located on the Hopkins Bayview campus 10 minutes from the School of Medicine campus, is a world class center for the study of the genes involved in common complex disorders such as hypertension, atherosclerosis and neuropsychiatric disorders. Our proximity to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda is advantageous, allowing frequent exchange of speakers and visitors.