Areas of Focus

An institute that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

IBBR’s value hinges on our ability to connect experts from interrelated fields of study, with the goal of accomplishing world-class interdisciplinary bioscience and biotechnology research that leads to real-world advances. 

In fact, what makes IBBR unique is this interdisciplinary collaboration of research in multiple areas centered on therapeutics and diagnostics. And it’s led to creation of our distinctive infrastructure and research environments, where shared resources, seminars, labs and office space all facilitate meaningful interactions among the research partners.

Four foundational pillars unify our researchers’ significant subject matter expertise in specialized fields, and represent the synergies between them:

  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Disease Pathways and Biomolecular Targets
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Measurement Sciences

University of Maryland College Park faculty researchers have primary appointments in six departments: Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Plant Science, Veterinary Medicine and Entomology.

NIST researchers are part of the Biomolecular Measurement Division or Biosystems and Biomaterials Division.

University of Maryland Baltimore faculty are all part of the Center for Biomolecular Therapeutics, and also work in groups that focus on the identification and development of therapeutics and diagnostics: Computer-Aided Drug Design, Genomics & Bioinformatics, In Vivo Biology & Drug Testing, Medicinal Chemistry, Protein Production & Biophysics, Structural Biology and Target Validation & Screening.