News Releases

Congratulations to Xiaoran Shang for a Successful Dissertation Defense

March 12, 2019 -- Please join us in congratulating Xiaoran Shang, from Dr. Daniel Nelson's laboratory, for successfully defending her dissertation. 

IBBR Conference Services: A Resource for the Biotech Community

March 7, 2019 -- The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) enjoys a prime location in the heart of Maryland's I-270 biotechnology corridor and offers several types of meeting rental space with a focus on the biotechnology sector.

IBBR Participates in NIIMBL-Supported Biomanufacturing Reagent Purification Project

IBBR Emeritus Fellow, Dr. Phil Bryan, and IBBR Fellow, Dr. Eric Toth, Receive NIIMBL Award

February 18, 2019 -- A new award from the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) will support collaborative work on a platform for producing reliable, cost-effective reagents for the manufacture of biotherapeutics.

IBBR Welcomes Dr. Saif Hasan

February 11, 2019 -- IBBR is pleased to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Saif Hasan.  Dr. Hasan joins us as an Assistant Professor in the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is a structural biologist who focuses on membrane proteins, and will use IBBR’s new cryo-EM facility to study complexes responsible for biological transport, disease, and virus assembly. 

Congratulations to Dr. Qiong Zhang, Recipient of the UC Berkeley Miller Research Fellowship

January 29, 2019 -- IBBR congratulates Dr. Qiong Zhang as a recipient of the prestigious Miller Research Fellowship, awarded by the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Zhang recently received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the Biological Sciences Graduate Program (UMCP College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences). She worked in the laboratory of IBBR Fellow, Dr. Shunyuan Xiao (Professor, UMCP Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture). 

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

November 30, 2018 -- 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 welcomes middle school students for Frontiers in Science & Medicine Day

November 16, 2018 -- Thirty-seven seventh graders from Briggs Chaney and Banneker Middle Schools of Montgomery County visited IBBR, on Friday, November 9, for an especially eye-opening and mind-expanding school day.  The Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day program, a collaborative effort among organizations within the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center, is celebrating its tenth year with nearly 600 students participating program-wide.  IBBR has hosted groups of students for nine years of the Frontiers program.

NIST Director and Standards Alumni Association honor former Associate Director of CARB

October 29, 2018 -- Dr. Gary L. Gilliland was honored on Friday morning, October 26th, with a portrait in the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Scientists, Engineers and Administrators.  Dr. Gilliland served as the Associate Director of UMBI CARB, a partnership among the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), Montgomery County, and NIST, from 1991-1996 and from 2002-2003.  CARB later evolved into the University’s Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (IBBR), a partnership among UMCP, University of Maryland Baltimore, and NIST.... Read More

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

October 16, 2018 -- The recent cases of Ebola virus infection in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are an alarming reminder of the 2014 outbreak in West Africa.  IBBR Fellow Dr. Gilad Ofek, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, recently solved the crystal structure of a cross-protective antibody bound to an important ebolavirus surface protein. Structural insights from this work lay important groundwork for the development of vaccines and therapeutics effective across all five species of the virus.

Harnessing viral enzymes to combat bacterial infections in dairy cows

October 1, 2018 -- 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.