News Releases

IBBR Researcher, Dr. Alexander Andrianov, Receives Funding for Two Collaborations

Collaborations will explore using two novel types of biofunctional synthetic macromolecules of the polyphosphazene (PPZ) family for exciting and very different applications. In the first, PPZs will be developed for use as biocompatible and drug-releasing hydrophobic coatings for indwelling medical devices. In the second, PPZ hydrogel nanoparticles will be evaluated for encapsulation of contrast agents to enhance mammography for breast cancer tumor detection.

New Cell Lines Will Facilitate Optimized Production of Antibody-based Therapeutics
Image of NISTmAb using surface rendering for the 4 chains and small bright sticks for the variable glycans.  The model was assembled from separate crystal structures for the three lobes and the central hinge region. 
IBBR Researchers Develop Web Platform for Modeling Structure of Immune System Proteins

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. In addition, T cells are an important part of the body’s defense against cancer, and T cell receptors have major potential as a platform for the development of cancer drugs.

University of Maryland Student Experiment Returns from Space

University of Maryland undergraduates Rushi Challa and Natalie Ivanina learned techniques and optimized their experiment for space conditions with the help of IBBR Fellow Daniel Nelson and his lab group.  Read more at:

2 IBBR Researchers Receive UM Ventures Seed Grants

Earlier this summer, IBBR Fellows Dr. Silvia Muro and Dr. Daniel Nelson were each awarded $15,000 Seed Grants from UM Ventures.

UM Ventures is a joint technology transfer initiative of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State. The UM Ventures Seed Grant Program supports University of Maryland inventors as they work to move their innovations toward commercial viability.

IBBR Researchers Receive $1.5M NSF Award

The National Science Foundation’s SemiSynBio program recently awarded $1.5 million to IBBR Fellows Dr. Bill Bentley and Dr. Greg Payne and their collaborators at University of Maryland’s Institute for Systems Research, University of Nebraska, and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Dr. Bentley, who is also director of University of Maryland’s Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices, serves as the project’s principal investigator.

IBBR at Maryland Day!

Sunshine, blue skies, and nary a cloud made for a beautiful day as UMCP welcomed thousands of visitors for its 20th anniversary of Maryland Day.  IBBR participated in the event for the first time with two table displays. 

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IBBR Graduate Student Receives Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award

Please join the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (IBBR) in congratulating Tsega Solomon, a graduate student in Dr. John Orban’s laboratory, who has received the 2018-2019 Dr. Mabel S.

IBBR Solar Canopy Dedication - Part of a Larger Energy Savings Plan

On Wednesday, April 18, under a chilly but sunny sky, the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) welcomed honored guests to a dedication of its recently installed solar canopy.  Funded by a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration and completed in cooperation with the UMD Facilities Management Department of Engineering and Energy, WGL Systems, and SGC Power, the canopy is not only a renewable energy

Surprise Visit by Prof. Changsheng Liu, VP, East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST)
Professor Changsheng Liu, Vice President of Shanghai’s East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), visiting the new Clark Hall. 

UMCP welcomed Prof. Changsheng Liu, Vice President of Shanghai’s East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), to campus on Monday, April 9.  Dr.