News Releases

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 Collaborates with Integrated BioTherapeutics to Advance a Novel Approach to Treating Infectious Disease

A single therapeutic simultaneously targets bacteria and neutralizes toxins

(Rockville, MD, August 14, 2019) IBBR Fellow Dr. Daniel Nelson (Associate Professor, UMCP Department of Veterinary Medicine) and collaborators at Integrated BioTherapeutics and George Mason University recently received a $3M Phase II STTR award from the NIH to advance their novel immunotherapeutic into non-human primates and to optimize a cell line for biomanufacturing the drug.

IBBR Researchers Awarded $1M from DTRA to Develop Portable Medical Sensors

Redox information may hold key to rapidly diagnosing disease

(Rockville, MD, July 15, 2019) IBBR researchers recently received $1M from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA, part of the US Department of Defense) to advance their work developing wearable sensors that measure biochemical information to diagnose disease. IBBR Fellow Dr. Gregory Payne (Research Professor, IBBR) is principal investigator on the award.

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.