News Releases

IBBR and UMB BioMET Scientists Have Proposed a New Model To Help Solve the Mystery of How Lithium Stabilizes Moods

New measurements may have lifted the veil on the vexingly elusive interactions through which lithium can moderate the manic highs and debilitating lows experienced by people who suffer from bipolar disorder—about 2.6 percent of Americans, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

IBBR Participates in Summer 2016 National Student Leadership Conference


IBBR Participates in Summer 2016 National Student Leadership Conference

Shape-Changing Enzyme Suggests How Small Doses of Anti-HIV Drug Might Treat Alzheimer's Disease

Article originally written and posted by NIST News Events.

IBBR Request for Proposals (RFP) – GMP Biomanufacturing Facility Available

The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) is interested in proposals to lease a bio-manufacturing facility configured to produce biologicals under cGMP conditions in compliance with FDA requirements for phase I/II clinical trials. The facility is also equipped to perform process development research, preclinical manufacturing for material necessary for IND-enabling toxicology studies, Point of Concept (POC) studies, and process demonstration in advance of GMP manufacturing.

Record Turnout at IBBR’s First Bio-Networking Event

Event brings industry, academia, and government together to promote Maryland regional biotech activity

NIST-based tBLM system nears clinical application for detection of bacterial vaginosis (BV)

Utilizing NIST-developed materials that allow the formation of model tethered bilayer lipid membranes (tBLMs) at surfaces, researchers at the Institute of Biochemistry and the Department of Immunology and Cell Biology in Vilnius, Lithuania have functionally reconstituted an integral membrane protein toxin vaginolysin (VLY) and demonstrated the applicability of these tBLMs as a bioanalytical platform for the detection of bacterial vaginosis (BV).

New IBBR Director Envisions Premier Biotechnology Research Institute

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland today announced the appointment of Thomas R. Fuerst, Ph.D., as the new director of the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR). IBBR is a joint research enterprise created to enhance collaboration among the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the fields of medicine, biosciences, technology, quantitative sciences and engineering.

Montgomery County Public School students finish successful summer internships

Eight Montgomery County high school students recently completed summer internships at IBBR as part of the annual internship program. In collaboration with the Montgomery County Public School System (MCPS), IBBR offers a limited number of high school internships for highly motivated MCPS students as part of the MCPS DNA Resource Center (DRC) program. The internship program provides highly motivated students the opportunity to work with mentors and explore careers in the fields of science and information technology.

Environmental Health Perspectives Quotes IBBR/Vet-Med faculty, Dr. Daniel Nelson

In the current issue of the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives (121(2):  A48-A53 (2013)), contributing author Carol Potera reviews the emerging uses of bacteriophage as antibiotic alternatives. The article “Phage Renaissance: New Hope Against Antibiotic Resistance”, examines several applications for phage-directed approaches, including food safety, medical, and water treatment. In the article, IBBR/Vet-Med faculty, Dr. Daniel Nelson, a world-renowned researcher on phage lysins, describes the inherent properties of phage enzymes as a viable approach in several applications.

Dr. Zvi Kelman: Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Dr. Zvi Kelman (IBBR/NIST) has recently returned from Japan where he spent five weeks as an invited Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). This program is designed to enable Japanese researchers to invite their foreign colleagues to Japan to participate in cooperative work and other academic activities. Dr. Kelman’s fellowship was also supported by NIST.