News Releases

UM, IBBR and CBT Research Awarded DOD Funding Small Animal Imaging System

A multidisciplinary group of University of Maryland researchers, led by Dr. Daniel Nelson of the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and Department of Veterinary Medicine, recently received a grant from the Department of Defense to purchase a Caliper Lumina XR in vivo imaging system (IVIS).  Fourteen investigators from the University of Maryland College Park and University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) participated on the proposal.

Drs. Orban and Mariuzza Awarded NIH R21 Funding

Drs. John Orban (Professor at the University of Maryland Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Roy Mariuzza (Professor at IBBR and Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics) have recently been awarded R21 funding from the National Institutes of Health to study the process by which an immune cell receptor, the T-cell receptor (TCR) transduces signals across the plasma membrane upon binding a specific ligand, called peptide-MHC (pMHC), that is found on specialized antigen-presenting immune cells.

Graduate Student Janet Hsu Awarded WORLD Scholarship

Janet Hsu, a graduate student in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland (BIOE), was recently awarded a scholarship from the World Organization for Rare Lysosomal Disorders (WORLD) scholarship to attend the 8th annual meeting in San Diego, CA. Her award-winning abstract, titled “Enhanced Kidney and Heart Delivery of α-Galactosidase by Modulating Enzyme Load and Carrier Bulk-Concentration of ICAM-1-Targeted Nanocarriers” was one of only ten that were selected for this honor. Ms. Hsu is a predoctoral student working in the laboratory of Dr.

Drs. John Orban and Philip Bryan Together Designed and Developed a System that Examines Mutational Requirements for Transitioning Between Folds and Functions

The laboratories of Drs. John Orban and Philip Bryan at the University of Maryland Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) have worked together to design and develop a system that examines the mutational requirements for transitioning between folds and functions. The group published the findings in the February 8 issue of the Cell Press journal Structure, authored by He et al., titled “Mutational Tipping Points for Switching Protein Folds and Functions”.

Muro Group Receives Funding for Developing Therapeutic Strategies for Neurodegenerative Conditions

Dr. Silvia Muro, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, has been awarded funding to explore several therapeutic approaches using specific drug delivery platforms that have been developed in her lab. Dr. Muro’s project funding is through a collaboration with the NIH Chemical Genomics Center (NCGC) and the contract is associated with the NIH program for Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases (http://nctt.nih.gov/trnd/).

Maria Ansar Awarded HHMI Fellowship

Maria Ansar, an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, was awarded a Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship (HHMI). Ms. Ansar, who is an honors student in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, is working on her honors thesis in the lab of Dr. Silvia Muro, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and the Fischell Department of Bioengineering. The fellowship awarded to Ms.

Dr. James Culver Awarded NSF Funding to Study How Viruses Reprogram Phloem Specific Tissues

Dr. James Culver, Professor at the University of Maryland Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture, has recently been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to study how viruses reprogram phloem specific tissues to mediate their long distance transport. In vascular plants, the capacity of a virus to cause disease is often linked to its ability to move throughout host tissues.

IBBR Researchers Develop Procedure for Screening Microbes for Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics Resistance

Research from the laboratories of Drs. Shuwei Li (UM IBBR/CHEM&BCHM) and Daniel Nelson (UM IBBR/VETMED) has led to the development of a quick and sensitive procedure for screening microbes that are resistant to certain broad-spectrum antibiotics.

Graduate Student Daniel Serrano Recipient of Research Award

Daniel Serrano, a graduate student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Concentration Area of the Biological Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, has been selected to receive a research award sponsored by the Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery Symposium that was recently held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Serrano is a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Silvia Muro (IBBR and Fischell Department of Bioengineering).

Graduate Student Robert Berkey Poster Places Among Top 5 Winners

Molecular and Cellular Biology (MOCB) graduate student Robert Berkey, from the laboratory of Dr. Shunyuan Xiao (IBBR and PLSA) has placed among the top 5 winners of the UM College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) 2011 Open House Poster Competition. The poster entitled " Engineering Novel Plant Disease Resistance against Fungal Pathogens " was selected from a pool of high quality posters and the top five were awarded a prize of $100. The posters were presented at the AGNR 2011 Open House on October 1.