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IBBR Receives Award to Develop Drought-Tolerant Plants

(Rockville, Maryland) The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research has been awarded a $100,000 grant to test the broader applicability of a technology platform invented by one of its leading scientists towards engineering drought-tolerant, agriculturally important crops.  The grant is funded by the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) as part of the Technology Council of Maryland’s (TEDCO) effort to support commercialization of academic-based scientific research as part of the state’s efforts to foster economic development in Maryland.

Bentley Leads Team of Researchers Working to Develop Electrogenetic Device for Activating Gene Expression via Electrodes


Media Contact: Alyssa Wolice, 301-405-3936

UMD Researchers Develop Electrogenetic Device for Activating Gene Expression via Electrodes

System Holds Promise for Study of Biological Systems, Biosensors and Bio-hybrid Devices


University of Maryland Key Partner in New National Institute for Innovation of Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals


Pamela R. M. Phetphongsy 301-405-6266, Lee Tune 301-405-4679

IBBR Scientist Brian Pierce Wins Best Inventor Pitch at UMD's Bioscience Day 2016

By Tiffany Stone

At the University of Maryland’s Bioscience Day 2016, Brian Pierce, PhD., Assistant Professor, Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), presented new rational design approaches to develop hepatitis C vaccines, winning the best inventor pitch. Pierce received a $3,000 award sponsored by UM Ventures, a joint initiative of the MPowering the State Program, that brings together the University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park to commercialize technology.

IBBR Scientist's Remarkable Discovery Premiers in Two Publications

By Tiffany Stone



Muro Develops Technique to Improve Oral Drug Delivery Using Targeted Nanocarriers
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Associate Professor Silvia Muro, PhD and fellow UMD researchers are working to improve oral drug delivery to targets by protecting against the effects of gastric conditions.

Chinese Delegation Visits IBBR

By Tiffany Stone

IBBR Associate Director Co-Authors Science Paper on Vitamin A Transport
The high-resolution structure of STRA6 as seen with the new technology.

Using a new, lightning-fast camera paired with an electron microscope, University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists have captured images of one of the smallest human proteins to be “seen” with a microscope.

IBBR-NIST Scientists receive MML Accolades Awards for outstanding work

Please join us in congratulating two IBBR-NIST group members who received the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) Award and were recognized at a ceremony with their colleagues in July.  Andrea Szakal, Ph.D., a research scientist, received the Excellence in MML Safety Accolade for implementing an integrated database system and purchase request tool to support sitewide chemical inventory compliance at IBBR, and Luke Arbogast, Ph.D., a research chemist, received the MML Postdoctoral Fellow Accolade for continuing the development of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy methods for atomic r

An Extraordinary Standard: New NIST Protein Could Spur Biopharmaceutical Innovation

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued one of the world’s most intricate measurement standards: an exhaustively analyzed antibody protein that the biopharmaceutical industry will use to help ensure the quality of treatments across a widening range of health conditions, including cancers, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases.