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Drs. John Orban and Philip Bryan Awarded RO1 Funding from NIH

Drs. John Orban (Professor at the University of Maryland Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Philip Bryan (Professor at IBBR and Department of Bioengineering) have recently been awarded RO1 funding from the National Institutes of Health to study how an amino acid sequences, the building blocks of proteins, fold into a 3D conformation.

Dr. David Vanderah Wins the NIST Colleagues’ Choice Award

Please join us in congratulating Dr. David Vanderah (Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)), recipient of the 2013 NIST Colleagues’ Choice Award.  This annual award is given in recognition of non-supervisory NIST employees who, in the eyes of their colleagues, have made significant contributions that broadly advance the NIST mission and strategic goals or broadly contribute to the overall health and effectiveness of NIST.  Dr.

Dr. William Bentley-ACS Fellow

Dr. William Bentley (BIOE and IBBR) was recently elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society. The full release can be found at

2013 high school intern application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2013

The deadline for submitting applications for IBBR 2013 high school intern positions is Friday, March 15, 2013. IBBR is supporting a limited number of internship positions as part of the Montgomery County Public School DNA Resource Center program. The internship program provides highly motivated students the opportunity to work with mentors and explore careers in the fields of science, information technology, and business administration.

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.

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. 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.

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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.

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.