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Record Turnout at IBBR’s First Bio-Networking Event

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

(Rockville, MD) March 3, 2016-- The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), a translational research institute dedicated to advancing innovative scientific discoveries to commercial applications, hosted its first bio-networking event on February 25th that brought together 250 scientists from academia, industry, government agencies, investors, and budding entrepreneurs seeking to connect with each other in an informal setting to talk about... Read More

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). The facile detection of VLY in the tBLMs allows a more rapid (within several minutes) assessment of BV, a bacterial process linked to infertility... Read More

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.

"Tom has dedicated his life and career to this industry and we are honored... Read More

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. Lesli Adler, Director of the DRC, works closely with IBBR researchers to... Read More

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... Read More

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.

“My visit to Japan was productive, stimulating and enjoyable.” commented Kelman,  “I visited several universities and institutions including Kumamoto, Kyoto, Kyushu and Tokyo Universities and AIST.  At each... Read More

Dr. Zvi Kelman co-chairs Archaea Gordon Research Conference in Barga, Italy

Dr. Zvi Kelman (IBBR/NIST), along with Dr. Sonja-Verena Albers (Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology), recently co-chaired the 2013 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) “Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology”. Held in Lucca (Barga), Italy and attended by over 150 researchers from around the world, the conference expanded on a number of emerging topics highlighting new paradigms in archaeal metabolism, genome function and systems biology; information processing; evolution and the tree of life; the ecology and diversity of archaea; archaeal viruses and cellular... Read More

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. While it is well known that most proteins populate a single, stable native state, the phenomenon of fold switching, where protein sequences can exist at the interface between completely... Read More

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. Vanderah is being recognized "for developing model lipid membranes to enable... Read More

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