Tehran University Institute for Biochemistry and Biosphysics Research (IBB)

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Last Updated: August 1, 2008
Other Name: N/A
Location: Tehran, Iran
Subordinate To: Unknown
Size: The center has 19 full-time faculty and approximately 100 graduate and doctoral students. It has 15 laboratories
Facility Status: Unknown

The Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IBB) was established in 1975-76 to provide research facilities and teaching in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics. Other aims were to establish links with credible international scientific and research centers and also to contribute to human capital development in Iran. The master's degree program began in 1976, and the doctorate program was established in 1988.

IBB trains students at the graduate level and focuses on research and development in biochemistry, biophysics, and related specialized fields. The director, Dr Azra Rabbani Chadegani, supervises educational, research and financial affairs. IBB also cooperates with UNESCO on training programs.

Although, there is no evidence to link IBB to WMD research and production, some people suspect that BW research is being carried out throughout Iran in laboratories associated with Iranian universities like this one.

The Tehran University of Medicine works in close cooperation with the Razi Institute for Serums and Vaccines, another suspected BW research center.

Sources:
[1] Tehran University, www.ut.ac.ir "Acquaintance with Main Centers of Biotechnology in Iran: the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute," Ettela' at-e Elmi (Tehran), 16 May 2001, in "Iran: Data on the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute," FBIS document IAP20010514000003.
[2] "Magazine Outlines Biotechnology Research Centers in Iran," Ettela'at-e Elmi (Tehran), FBIS document IAP 20010514000001, 15 May 2001.
[3] United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, www.ibc.ut.ac.ir.
[4] Anthony Cordesman and Arleigh Burke, "Proliferation in the 'Axis of Evil': North Korea, Iran and Iraq," CSIS, 30 January 2002, p. 26.
[5] The Honorable John R. Bolton, "Beyond the Axis of Evil: Additional Threats from Weapons of Mass Destruction," Heritage Lectures, The Heritage Foundation, no. 743, 6 May 2002.
[6] "Briefing: Iran's CW Programs," Middle East Defense News (Mednews), Proliferation Section, vol. 6, no. 14, 19 April 1993.

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