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Center for Biomolecular Therapeutics (CBT)

The Center for Biomolecular Therapeutics (CBT) was established as a partnership between the University of Maryland-Baltimore and the University of Maryland at College Park. Located within the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), a three-building complex of research laboratories at the University of Maryland College Park, Shady Grove. 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. The CBT director, David J. Weber, PhD, also serves as the Associate Director of the IBBR.

The CBT's mission is to facilitate the identification and development of diagnostics and therapeutics. To accomplish this goal, the CBT: 

  • Collaborates with research and clinical faculty across all USM campuses to identify important biological targets;
  • Develops a parallel educational process to raise the level of expertise across USM concerning the discovery-to-commercialization “pipeline”, including regulatory and business expertise, and creation of an active visiting faculty scientist and postdoctoral fellow program;
  • Interacts with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in coordination with our Offices of Research and Development (ORD) to help maintain CBT’s focus on the most biomedically and commercially important targets, diagnostics, and therapeutics,
  • Manages state-of-the-art scientific discipline-based programs necessary for the discovery and regulation of disease targets.

Highlights & Headlines

  • CBT group leader Dr. Danna Zimmer has been awarded a seed grant, in collaboration with Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger
    (UMD) and Rosemary Schuch (UMB), to examine the effectiveness of two antibody-based therapeutics on the
    progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD).

  • University of Maryland's new 950MHz NMR magnet may help unlock molecular mysteries. 

  • CBT group leader Dr. Vincent Njar installs new walk-up 400MHz NMR in Shady Grove lab.


Want to join CBT?

If you are interested in joining CBT you are invited to fill out the online application and feel free to forward on to other researchers who may be interested in participating.


Dr. David Weber