News Releases

IBBR Graduate Student Receives Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award


April 24, 2018 -- Congratulations to Tsega Solomon, a graduate student in Dr. John Orban’s laboratory, at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), who has received the 2018-2019 Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award for Excellence in Graduate Achievement for her work on temperature-dependent protein fold switches.  The award is given each year to just one UMCP graduate student campus-wide and carries a stipend of $15,000 and candidacy tuition remission.

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


April 23, 2018 -- On Wednesday, April 18, 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 source helping to reduce the Institute's carbon footprint, it also includes two charging stations for electric cars and is providing shade and weather protected parking for staff... Read More

Surprise Visit by Prof. Changsheng Liu, VP, East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST)


April 16, 2018 -- 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. Liu is a member of the prestigious Chinese National Academy of Sciences and his group has been collaborating with researchers from UMCP’s Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and Fischell Department of Bioengineering for several years.  

University of Maryland team hosts the nation’s Materials Genome Initiative Principal Investigators Meeting


April 4, 2018 -- University of Maryland Professors, Gregory Payne and William Bentley from UMCP’s Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, and Professor Jana Shen from Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of UMB’s School of Pharmacy, hosted the nation’s Principal Investigators Meeting of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), on March 26-27, and received an award for their project - “Thin Film Biofabrication for Integrated Bio-electronics” - which aims to extend advances for microelectronics to applications in the life... Read More

Targeting HIV: Moving closer to a potential cure


Tri-specific antibody targets and neutralizes 99.5% of HIV-1 virus strains

(Rockville, MD, March 13, 2018) A team of researchers at IBBR, led by Dr. Yuxing Li, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, and Principal Investigator at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), Rockville, is showing how engineered multi-specific antibodies appear to be highly effective at preventing infection across a broad range of HIV-1 virus strains.

Dr. Gregory Payne and Team Nominated for the UMD Invention of the Year Award


March 8, 2018 -- Each year, UMD honors exceptional inventions that have the potential to influence science, society, and the free market. Dr. Gregory Payne, Professor, IBBR, and his research team, have been nominated in the Physical Sciences category for their project:   Transformational Electronic Tool for Chemical Analysis:  Oxidative Stress Detection. 

IBBR awarded DOE grant to investigate how to protect an emerging biofuel crop from disease


UMD researchers work to defend poplar trees – a promising resource for renewable and sustainable energy – from leaf rust and other diseases

(Rockville, MD, January 29, 2018)  The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) has been awarded a $1.1M U.S. Department of Energy grant to elucidate the mechanism of rust pathogenesis in poplar in an effort to engineer durable resistance for this important, second generation biofuel crop.  The collaborative, multidisciplinary research is led by Dr. Edward Eisenstein, IBBR Fellow and Associate Professor,... Read More

Expanding Partnership between University of Maryland and East China University of Science and Technology


January 25, 2018 -- The new year is off to a great start for the partnership between University of Maryland (UMD) and Shanghai’s East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST).  The goal of this partnership has been to integrate UMD’s expertise in biofabrication with ECUST’s translational research in biomedical materials.  On January 8, 2018, UMD-ECUST hosted their first graduate student Elevator Pitch competition. 

IBBR High School Intern Sarah Gao Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist


Sarah Gao to Compete for Top Awards in Most Prestigious U.S. Science and Mathematics Competition for High School Seniors

(Rockville, MD., January 25, 2018) Sarah Gao, a senior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD, and a research intern at the University of Maryland Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) in Rockville, MD, has been named a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

IBBR awarded NIH grant to investigate body’s T-cell mechanism of attack


New approaches hope to give researchers a glimpse into the cell’s “alert system” to fight tumors and viruses

(Rockville, MD, December 13, 2017)  A new research initiative by the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and the University of Pittsburgh could finally uncover how T-cells—the “killer cells” that defend the body from microbes—are alerted to hazardous invaders in the body.  Funded by a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the research will be the first to combine X-ray crystallography and... Read More