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The mission of the Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) at the University of Maryland (UMD) is to revolutionize the interface between engineers and neuroscientists by generating novel tools and approaches to understand complex behaviors produced by the human brain.

We focus on the development of novel approaches to image neuronal function, the development of micro/nano system diagnostics and drug delivery technologies, and the development of big data methods in order to push the frontiers of our initial research themes that span from single neurons to mental health.

Symptoms all in your head—or in your gut? Maybe a little of both.

UMD researchers are building an ingestible capsule that can monitor and model gut microbiome serotonin activity and help demystify the “gut-brain axis.” More »

UMD Biologist Awarded $1.5M to Develop Brain Mapping Techniques

NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Program will fund a project that could transform efforts to understand how neurons are wired. More »

Two UMCP NACS Students Awarded Fellowships to Train in UMB PIN Laboratories

The VFIN Program allows students to acquire new techniques and broaden training through cross-campus research. More »

ChBE Seminar: Modeling, understanding & treating neurodegeneration using engineering strategies

November 3, 2020 11:00 a.m. via Zoom More»

BBI Virtual Seed Grant Symposium

November 17, 2020 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. via Zoom More»

BBI-Kavli Distinguished Speaker Series: Marina Picciotto

April 13, 2021 10:00 a.m. More»

BBI-Kavli Distinguished Speaker Series: Nenad Sestan

April 20, 2021 10:00 a.m. More»