News Releases

University of Maryland iGEM team, co-advised by IBBR Fellow, Dr. Edward Eisenstein, brings home a gold medal for their innovative plastic waste bioremediation and degradation measurement project

It takes about 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down in nature, but with the UMD “PETNET” team’s new technology, this time could potentially be cut to as little as 2 weeks.  The team also developed an efficient and economical system to measure degradation.

IBBR research discovery could be crucial to development of cross-species Ebola vaccines and treatments

Artist rendering:  Ebola virus

The recent cases of Ebola virus infection in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are an alarming reminder of the images and statistics that brought the disease to the forefront of public concern during the 2014 outbreak in West Africa.

Harnessing viral enzymes to combat bacterial infections in dairy cows

When most of us think about viruses and bacteria, we envision germs that make people sick. But, Dr. Daniel Nelson, IBBR Fellow and Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland College Park, studies viruses that may end up making us well -- by killing disease-causing bacteria.

IBBR Doctoral Candidate, Tsega Solomon, Travels to Dublin to Present Protein Folding Research

Tsega Solomon, a doctoral candidate in Dr. John Orban’s laboratory at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), attended the XXVIII International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems, ICMRBS, at the University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, on August 19-24, 2018.

IBBR Researchers Develop Web Platform for Modeling Structure of Immune System Proteins

Summary of the TCRmodel server, where TCR sequences input by users proceed through steps of template-based modeling and refinement, resulting in 3D structural models.

Immune system proteins called T cell receptors (TCRs) are involved in fighting infectious disease and are implicated in a number of autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis.