Leveraging synergies to boost success.

IBBR was established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in 2010, building on the foundation of the Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology (CARB), the Center for Biosystems Research (CBR), and the Center for Biomolecular Therapeutics (CBT).


CARB was founded in 1984 as a novel partnership among the University of Maryland, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Montgomery County, Maryland government. This partnership was formalized in 1986 through a Memorandum of Understanding between NIST and the University of Maryland that affirmed each partner’s commitment to share scientific expertise and resources, to train the future scientific leaders and to collaborate for the advancement of biotechnology. Over the next two decades, CARB scientists developed experimental and theoretical approaches to emerging research problems in modern structural biology, physical biochemistry and computational biology. CARB has received international recognition as a world leader in contemporary structural biology research and training.


CBR was founded in 1987 on the University of Maryland College Park Campus.  CBR research focused on molecular biology and bioprocess development relating to problems in agriculture, industry, and the environment.  CBR scientists pursued studies in host-pathogen interactions in plants and insects, biomolecular and metabolic engineering, and genome sciences in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Maryland’s Colleges of Engineering, Life Sciences, and Agriculture and Natural Resources as well as with the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.


CBT was established as a partnership between the University of Maryland-Baltimore and the University of Maryland at College Park. The CBT is comprised of faculty from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (including the Schools of Medicine & Pharmacy), the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the IBBR, and several other Universities within the USM. Research facilities are located at the University of Maryland-Baltimore campus and within the IBBR. IBBR's Interim Co-Director, David J. Weber, PhD, also serves as the CBT director.