IBBR Fellows

IBBR Scientists. Experts exploring new horizons. And advancing understanding.

IBBR unites distinguished scientists from the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Our Fellows come together across disciplines and institutions to discover tomorrow's biotechnology solutions.

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Name Profile
Gregory Payne
Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research

The last century witnessed spectacular advances in both microelectronics and biotechnology yet there remains considerable opportunity to create synergies between the two.  The Payne laboratory aims to fabricate high-performance material systems to span the capabilities of biology and information technology. Through an extensive network of international collaborations their group focuses on two primary areas of research: 1) biofabrication of the bio-device interface and 2) redox-based molecular communication for bio-device "connectivity".

Brian Pierce
Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research

Dr. Brian Pierce’s laboratory develops and applies computer algorithms to better understand how the immune system recognizes pathogens and cancer, and his lab is particularly interested in antibodies, T cell receptors, and vaccine design. 

Edvin Pozharskiy
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Pozharskiy's area of scientific expertise is structural biology, with a major focus on protein X-ray crystallography. Throughout his career as a protein crystallographer, Dr. Pozharskiy has focused on structural mechanisms of molecular recognition in a range of biomolecular systems, including small molecules, protein-DNA, and protein-protein interactions. He has also contributed to methodological aspects of protein crystallography, including computational methods, structure validation, and crystallization methods. As a molecular biophysicist, Dr. Pozharskiy has expertise in membrane biophysics and protein thermodynamics, including the study of cationic lipids and their DNA complexes. He utilizes a variety of biophysical techniques, such as dynamic light scattering, protein fluorescence and fluorescence anisotropy, differential scanning fluorimetry, and isothermal titration calorimetry.