The Catalyst is UMD's undergraduate bioengineering and biotechnology research journal. The Catalyst was created by a group of undergraduate students who came together with an idea to increase student interest and involvement in research on campus. The Catalyst's editorial team, along with other BIOE students and faculty members, has recognized that undergraduate research is fundamental to a student’s academic success. This journal is meant to reveal these research experiences to current, prospective transfer, and high school students not yet involved in research, as well as to all who are interested in reading about the research being conducted on campus.

Current Edition

Mid-Atlantic Research Day; Capstone Day; Class of 2023 Interviews; and more!

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Previous Editions

The Catalyst (Summer 2018)

Quality of Life+; Where Are They Now?; Dr. White: A Professor Perspective; and more!


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 The Catalyst (Winter 2018)

Inside the Mind of a Bioengineering Pioneer: Dr. Fischell; A Look into Three Biomedical Devices; New Beginnings for BIOE; and more!


The Catalyst (Summer 2017)

Secrets to Success: Grad School, Med School, Industry, Networking, and More; Financing a Tech Venture; Student Spaceflight Experiment Program; Improving the Cost and Efficiency of Oxygen Concentrators for Low Resource Settings; Molecular Dynamics: Modeling Drug Interactions with Bacterial Membranes; and more!

The CatalystThe Catalyst (Winter 2017)

Get Out of the Lab (and Other Startup Lessons from the Front Lines), Your Legal Questions Answered, Manual Lens Stretching Device for Presbyopia, A Winding Road to Tissue Engineering, and more!

The CatalystThe Catalyst (Summer 2016)

Capstone: Building a Cheaper PCR Machine, UMD-JHU 2016 Research Competition, Motivations behind the New Curriculum, Outside the Classroom: Interview with Dr. John Fisher, Student Research, Freshman/Senior Interviews

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The Catalyst (Winter 2016)

Alpha Eta Mu Beta, University of Maryland iGEM, Meet the Faculty: Dr. Giuliano Scarcelli, BMES-UMD Takes a Tour of IIVS, Bioengineering Summer Internships, Bringing the Heat: Melting Agarose Beads for Microfluidic Immunoassays 

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The Catalyst (Summer 2015)

BMES University of Maryland-Johns Hopkins Research Day, Capstone Design Competition, Capstone Team Spotlight, Interview with Dr. Kim Stroka, Paths after Bioengineering: Alumni Interviews, Biofunctionalized Prussian Blue Nanoparticles as Multimodal, Molecular Imaging Agents

The CatalystThe Catalyst (Winter 2015)

Beckton Dickinson Lab Tour, Startup Shell Starting Up, iGem update, 2014 Fischell Festival, Bioengineering Abroad, Effect of Cholesterol on Lipid Bilayer Phase Behavior by Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Interviews with Class of 2018 students

The CatalystThe Catalyst (Summer 2014)

UMD Surgical Lamp Design Team Tries to Make the Developing World's Surgeries a Little Brighter, iGem Competition Team Starts at Maryland, UMD-Johns Hopkins Research Competition, Dynamics of Inflammation Resolution After Spinal Cord Injury in the Larval Sea Lamprey, Interviews with Class of 2017 students and graduating Seniors (2014)

About The Catalyst

The Catalyst is published once each semester, and is open for the submission of abstracts from any student conducting research related to bioengineering and biotechnology. Sources of student research articles can come from a research experience at faculty-run lab on campus, honors program or thesis, and/or internship. 
The journal’s main goals are the following:
  • Galvanize interest and spur involvement in undergraduate research for students  whom are not currently involved in research. 
  • Create a medium for current undergraduate researchers to publish their findings.
  • Develop a more connected community of researchers and students on campus.
  • Allow undergraduate researchers to expand their research experience and influence with The Catalyst’s social impact section and interview sections.

The Catalyst team is also looking for pictures/imaging and videos taken by students during their research work. Pictures and videos will be included as highlights throughout future editions. Every photo and video included will have text with quick information about the research being done and credit to the student, PI, and lab. Please email The Catalyst if interested at!