News Releases

IBBR Researchers Publish New Bioengineering Findings in Nature Communications


September 16, 2019 - Bacteria have been metabolically engineered to carry out a multitude of useful functions, including in processes such as manufacturing, water decontamination, and drug delivery. However, this reprogramming can overburden the cells, leading to slow growth.  Microbial consortia are cell subpopulations engineered to work together to circumvent this issue. For this "sharing the load" approach to be effective, however, relative cell subpopulations in the consortia must be regulated.

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IBBR and REFI Announce New Travel Fellowship


September 12, 2019 - Applications are now open for a travel fellowship to support the success of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices.

IBBR Researchers Develop New Methods for RNA Structure Determination, Aiding Development of New Biotherapeutics


August 26, 2019 - IBBR researcher Dr. Christina Bergonzo and IBBR Fellow Dr. Alexander Grishaev, both NIST Research Chemists, recently published two papers describing their work to improve the accuracy of RNA structures determined using NMR spectroscopy.

IBBR High School Summer Interns Wrap Up a Summer of Discovery


August 29, 2019 - For the 17th year, IBBR researchers hosted high school students as part of a selective summer internship program in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools. They presented their work at a scientific poster session held on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

IBBR Researchers Release New Database to Support Immunology Research


July 11, 2019 - IBBR Fellow Dr. Brian Pierce and postdoctoral associate Dr. Ragul Gowthaman recently released a new tool for researchers who study immune system proteins. The TCR3d database contains all known T cell receptor (TCR) structures. 

National Student Leadership Conference Students Visit IBBR


June 26, 2019 - IBBR's broad research efforts and an impressive array of instrumentation have made the Institute an annual tour stop for outstanding high school students from around the country and the world as part of the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC). Approximately 150 students interested in STEM-related careers visited IBBR over a two-week period this year for a glimpse at real-world  biotechnology research.

IBBR Researchers Take Part in Annual Joint Plant Symposium


June 6, 2019 - Plant biologists from all over the mid-Atlantic region assembled on May 30-31 for the 2019 MAS-ASPB/University of Maryland Joint Plant Biology Symposium at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Congratulations to Bruce Levine for a Successful Master's Thesis Defense


May 8, 2019 -- Please join us in congratulating Bruce Levine for successfully defending his master's thesis, “Identifying highly conserved pathogenicity genes in chestnut blight and powdery mildew fungi as targets for novel forms of host resistance."

IBBR Researchers Make Science Fun at Maryland Day


May 2, 2019 -- At the University of Maryland’s 21st annual Maryland Day, on Saturday, April 27, IBBR researchers welcomed the opportunity to interact with event attendees and, especially, to encourage children’s natural curiosity about the world around them.  In addition to an easy-to-understand slide show showcasing the impressive array of research projects underway at IBBR, two display tables with hands-on activities captured visitors’ attention.

Action-Packed Week at IBBR!


May 1, 2019 -- Last week was a busy one at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), thanks to Earth Day, IBBR’s first-ever Food Truck Wednesday, and the annual Take Your to Child Work Day. Volunteers canvassing the campus and wetlands for trash, delicious hot lunch options, and wide-eyed children cheerfully zooming along IBBR’s hallways made for a lively environment.