News Releases

Assuring Quality of Vaccines at the Point-of-Care: IBBR Team Advances Detection Method


June 08, 2020 - Analytical techniques to evaluate the condition of vaccine formulations are critical to quality assurance of these substances. Certain vaccines, including those with aluminum adjuvants, can be sensitive to freezing, which would damage the vaccine, and therefore deviations from temperature ranges prescribed for storage and transport need to be monitored. A method for detecting freezing events of liquid vaccines is described in a recent publication in the journal Vaccine featuring work by the laboratory of Bruce Yu, PhD, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the... Read More

IBBR Laboratory Develops a Database of Coronavirus Protein Structures, CoV3D, to Facilitate Advances in COVID-19 Research


June 8, 2020 - In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, researchers across the world have been working to rapidly develop tests, vaccines, and therapeutics. High resolution structures of coronavirus proteins are critical to understanding the virus and how it causes disease, as well as how the immune system recognizes the virus, which can be used to design effective vaccines and antibody-based therapeutics. To provide a simple and up-to-date reference of coronavirus structural data to the scientific community, a team in the laboratory of IBBR Investigator Dr. Brian Pierce (Assistant... Read More

Kunal Kundu Receives Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award


February 13, 2020 - Please join us in congratulating Kunal Kundu for receiving an Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award from the UMCP Graduate School.

IBBR-REFI Travel Fellowship: Spring 2020 Application Open


February 7, 2020 - The IBBR-REFI Travel Fellowship supports UMCP graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working on projects aligned with the institutes' shared missions.

Revealing the Key to Hypervirulent C. difficile Toxin Delivery


January 31, 2020 - A large team of researchers, led by IBBR Associate Director David Weber, recently published the structure of a toxin from a hypervirulent C. difficile strain. Their work is highlighted on the cover of Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences USA (PNAS). 

IBBR Launches BioNEXUS Magazine


December 11, 2019 -- IBBR is pleased to share the inaugural issue of a new magazine, BioNEXUS.

Congratulations to Tsega Solomon for a Successful Dissertation Defense


November 11, 2019 -- Please join us in congratulating Tsega Solomon for successfully defending her dissertation, “Protein fold switching: investigating the mechanism of αβ-plait to 3α fold interconversion."

Robert Brinson and Kyle Anderson Receive MML Accolades


October 9, 2019 - IBBR Fellow Robert Brinson and NIST Research Chemist Kyle Anderson were honored last month at the NIST Molecular Measurement Laboratory's 2019 Accolades Gala.

IBBR Welcomes Dr. Bruce Yu


September 23, 2019 -​ IBBR is pleased to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Bruce Yu, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of the Bio- and Nano-Technology Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

IBBR Researchers Publish New Bioengineering Findings in Nature Communications


September 16, 2019 - Bacteria have been metabolically engineered to carry out a multitude of useful functions, including in processes such as manufacturing, water decontamination, and drug delivery. However, this reprogramming can overburden the cells, leading to slow growth.  Microbial consortia are cell subpopulations engineered to work together to circumvent this issue. For this "sharing the load" approach to be effective, however, relative cell subpopulations in the consortia must be regulated.

IBBR Fellow Dr. William... Read More