University description (as per official university website)
The University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute is a hub of intensive study into the applied science of biotechnology and its application to human health, the marine environment, agriculture, and protein engineering/structural biology.
Established in 1985 by the State of Maryland, UMBI's four centers conduct research and training that provide a core of expertise and facilities to advance the state's scientific and economic development.
UMBI emphasizes collaboration with industry, other research institutions, and federal laboratories; and sponsors training workshops, short courses, symposia, and seminars throughout the year.
UMBI's vision is to be a premier research institution for basic and translational research in biotechnology that resolves forefront scientific problems important to society.
UMBI's mission is to conduct groundbreaking research in key areas of biotechnology, to make fundamental discoveries, generate innovative solutions to practical problems, and develop new technologies for commercial application. UMBI is committed to providing an exceptional environment for specialized training and to mentoring tomorrow's biotechnology workforce while promoting economic growth.
While UMBI does not grant degrees, provides research opportunities and support for more than 50 students enrolled in programs within other University System of Maryland degree-granting institutions. Center-level relationships with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) allow students to pursue master's and doctoral studies in a variety of disciplines under the guidance of UMBI scientists as their graduate advisors.
At the Center of Marine Biotechnology (COMB) , students are working on graduate degrees in Molecular and Cell Biology (MOCB), Biochemistry, Biological Sciences and Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES).
Graduate students at the Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology (CARB) primarily matriculate through the Molecular and Cell Biology Program (MOCB) program at UMCP.
The Center for Biosystems Research (CBR) graduate students are also affiliated with MOCB, as well as Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology, BEES (Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics), and Entomology at UMCP.
At the Medical Biotechnology Center (MBC) , students come from several graduate programs at the UMB, most notably the Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS), which incorporates the traditional disciplines of genetics, immunology, molecular and cell biology, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology, physiology and toxicology into a revitalized structure.