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Dr. Gregory Payne Honored with Guest Professorship at Wuhan University


Gregory Payne from the University of Maryland’s Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and Fischell Department of Bioengineering was honored with a Guest Professorship through the School of Resource and Environmental Science at Wuhan University.  Wuhan University is ranked in the top 10 of universities in China and is located in the intellectually rich city of Wuhan which has the third highest concentration of universities in China. The Committee Chair Xiao-Rong Chen and Vice President Qing-Yun Du  presided over the ceremony on March 7, 2013 that recognized Dr. Payne’s... Read More

Dr. Silvia Muro Wins Clark School's Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award


Professor recognized for innovations in drug delivery systems.

Please join us in congratulating Associate Professor Silvia Muro (Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research and Fischell Department of Bioengineering), recipient of the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering's 2012 Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award, given in recognition of exceptionally influential research.

Dr. Muro, the only molecular and cell biologist in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, has established herself as an innovator in the field of targeted... Read More

Dr. Silvia Muro and Rasa Ghaffarian Win First Place in 2012 Professor Venture Fair


Congratulations to Dr. Silvia Muro (BioE and Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research [IBBR]) and her mentee Rasa Ghaffarian for winning first place in the 2012 Professor Venture Fair at the University of Maryland Bioscience Research Day. Dr. Muro and Rasa won the competition for their presentation of a novel drug delivery strategy that uses targeted carriers capable of crossing the gastrointestinal epithelium. The delivery process, which takes advantage of the cells' natural behavior, is safe, fast, and efficient. Dr. Muro and Rasa presented the work at the Professor Venture... Read More

Search for IBBR Director


Director of Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research-IBBR

Position #118732

The University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are seeking an outstanding individual to serve as Director of the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) (www.ibbr.umd.edu) with the vision of making IBBR a premier biotechnology research institute. The research strengths of IBBR are in the areas of 1) structural biology 2)... Read More

IBBR Announces the renewal of cooperative agreement with NIST


The University of Maryland Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) is pleased to announce the renewal of the cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Standards and Technologies (NIST). This agreement will provide $2 million per year for three years to continue the interdisciplinary research in the life sciences at the UMD-IBBR Shady Grove campus. These funds will provide continuing advancement in research in the biosciences and biotechnology.

This year marks twenty-five years of the UMD and NIST partnership.  "This partnership, between scientists at... Read More

Drs. Joseph Blasic and Richard Huang Awarded National Research Council Fellowships


Drs. Joseph Blasic and Richard Huang have been awarded National Research Council fellowships to support their postdoctoral work in the NIST group at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), UM-Shady Grove. The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. The selection of candidates is... Read More

Research from the laboratory of Dr. Muro has led to a significant advancement in understanding the delivery of nanomedicines


Research from the laboratory of Dr. Silvia Muro (UM IBBR/BIOE) has led to a significant advancement in understanding the delivery of nanomedicines via a specific endothelial cell pathway. The group recently published the findings, titled “Intercellular Adhesion Molecule 1 (ICAM-1) Engagement Modulates Sphingomyelinase and Ceramide, Supporting Uptake of Drug Carriers by the Vascular Endothelium”, in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, an internationally renowned, peer-reviewed scientific journal that... Read More

Jessica Tang Awarded Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship


Juanjie (Jessica) Tang, a graduate student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MOCB) program at the University of Maryland was recently awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School. These fellowships are one-semester awards intended to support outstanding doctoral students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertation and whose primary source of support is unrelated to their dissertation. Ms. Tang is a predoctoral student working in the laboratory of Dr. Louisa Wu, Associate Professor in the University of Maryland’s Institute for Biotechnology and... Read More

Pivotal step forward in understanding an important enzyme that is encoded by bacterial viruses


Research from the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Nelson (UM IBBR/VETMED) and colleagues have made a pivotal step forward in understanding an important enzyme that is encoded by bacterial viruses (bacteriophage). The multidisciplinary group, that includes researchers from the University of Maryland, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and The Rockefeller University, and Monash University in Australia, worked together to determine the structure and mechanism of action, including cell wall binding and catalytic activity of the streptococcal C1 phage lysin, PlyC. These findings,... Read More

IBBR 2012 Awardees of Complex Therapeutics Seed Grant Program


The University of Maryland Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) is pleased to announce the 2012 awardees of the Complex Therapeutics Seed Grant. This marks the first year of the seed grant program to fund new projects that address research questions pertaining to biologic drugs and vaccines. This program was initiated by the University of Maryland Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) to foster creative teams of investigators working across disciplinary boundaries and campuses: UMD, UMB and NIST. The two seed grants that were selected for funding... Read More