Welcome to our website. We are the International Institute of Biochemical
and Biomedical Technology or IIBBT for short.
We are a division of the International Foundation of
Microbiology, a not for profit organization under section
501 (C3) of the IRS code. The main aim of our parent
organization is to provide public understanding of
microbiology, so the public can deal with infectious and
contagious diseases through knowledge and not through fear
of microbes. Our basic belief is "germs don't produce
disease, we do." We do so by our habits and lack of
preventive knowledge giving them the upper hand to make us
The other important aspect of microbiology, which is
generally not realized, is that this the parent discipline
from which the entire field of biomedical and biochemical
technology emerged which is now the largest field of
science growing by leaps and bounds since the mid fifties
of the 19th century becoming a multi billion dollar
industry affecting every aspect of our lives from birth to
death. This vast field now includes all the medical
and paramedical professions from physicians, dentists and
nurses to hospital orderlies to preventative medicine,
rules and laws of public health, to pharmacists and
veterinarians including all aspects of agriculture,
environmental management, pollution abatement, water
purification, waste disposal, and food preservation, and
much more. No aspect of our lives is outside of its
domain and the field is growing at an unprecedented rate
with no end in site.
Yet there is no way to systematically prepare for this
vast field, not even by going to schools and colleges
because there one gets bits and pieces of different areas
of science and not the whole story complete with all the
essential lab and analytical skills one needs to be fully
functional and navigate within the entire field of
biochemical and biomedical technology in a versatile and
That is the kind of education the IIBBT provides.
We start from its very beginning of Microbiology, as
far back as 1670 but more specifically from 1888, which is
the date of the founding of this discipline, and
then bring you step by step throughout its two hundred
years of evolution into today, covering on the way, all
the essential techniques concepts and skills of
biochemical and biomedical technology.
Despite recent economic setbacks, this area continues
to grow at a phenomenal rate, and is likely to continue
even more so in the future with no end in sight. This is
also the area where jobs currently exist and where more
jobs are likely to be produced as time goes by.
IIBBT is the only educational center where you can
get a head start and prepare for these jobs and careers.
We can make that claim because by sifting sorting and
integrating all that we have learned over the past two
hundred or so years, we have not only been able to create
a systematic curriculum for teaching science, but also
ended up reducing it to a mere 150 simple concepts and
skills, which if learned first take all the fear out of
science, giving you confidence in yourself to steer ahead.
Come find out for yourself!
Our overall aims are:
1. to bring students systematically into the field of
biochemical and biomedical technology
2. to popularize science by teaching it in a hands on
fashion, thus removing the fear of science;
3. open doors to science and technology based careers;
4. to make people “science literate”
so they could make their day to day life decisions based on
knowledge, not fear and hearsay.
We fulfill these aims by four means:
1. By offering basic and applied courses in science and in biochemical and
biomedical technology (see educational programs). This is where we differ
from conventional schools, colleges and universities. Our curriculum is
not based on subjects such as chemistry, physics and biology but on 150
concepts and skills that SCIENTISTS USE TO DO SCIENCE. Science thus becomes a
logical progression of applying concepts, skills and tools to know the known
and to uncover the unknown. After learning and mastering the 150 concepts and
skills, students find subjects such as chemistry, physics and biology not
only logical and comprehensible but downright enjoyable. Our curriculum thus
brings them into the main stream of science enabling them to function better
in schools and colleges.
2. By aiding universities and colleges to revive hands on lab courses by
making available, through our MINI CATALOGUES, just the essential
supplies needed to teach a comprehensive lab course. This way a much larger
percentage of students get exposed to science than we would be able to do on
our own. Currently, we have a MINI CATALOGUE OF MICROBIOLOGICAL AND
IMMUNOLOGICAL SUPPLIES. Other catalogues covering other subjects or
disciplines will be forthcoming. To get your copy of the mini-catalogue of microbiology and immunology supplies and to see a summary of its contents click here.
3. By offering workshops to teachers and administrators explaining our
concepts and skills’ based format of teaching science. This is one other way
how we feel science can be popularized so more students can be brought and
retained into science.
4. by community outreach to parents, students, social workers and concerned
citizens. This we do:
By public lectures;
by establishing neighborhood discussion groups;
by offering hands on workshops;
by going to schools to explain our format of teaching science to students and
by helping students with their science projects;
by inviting students, parents and the general public to tour the Center and
get to know science from our display labs and our tour guides.
The main advantage of our format of teaching is that it takes that feeling of
“awe” out of science. Consequently, you no longer feel afraid of science.
That anxious feeling of fear and panic which generally translates into “I am
not good enough for science” gets replaced with a sense of assuredness and
Simultaneously, those dreaded subjects of chemistry, physics and biology
loose their “bite.” You not only feel confident of handling science in school
and college but also in your day to day life. The euphoric feeling that you
are not an outsider but an integral part of life that surrounds you is
awesome and therapeutic so much so that we have dubbed it
We believe that our consolidated curriculum for science consisting of 150
concepts and skills can make good things happen to most every one. The system
is capable of awakening your true learning potential.
Age seems to be no barrier. We have worked with students as young as 12 year
old and as old as 75 and they have all learned remarkably well...
Since we don’t divide science in subjects but tell the whole story
coherently, our body, mind and soul get involved in the learning process. It
is an exciting experience. There seem to be no barriers. High school or
college drop outs seem to do just as well as those label “motivated”.
Let me, therefore, invite you to browse through our website and then contact
us. There are so many ways we can work together to guide and help you.
Riaz-ul Haque, PhD (Emeritus)
University of Illinois
Chicago, Illinois USA
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
Knowledge is your most important possession. Don’t loose it, build on
Beware of information explosion. It is robbing us of our sense of discernment
making you vulnerable. You can loose yourself faster in it than in the maze
of mirrors in an amusement park.
Confusion, like knowledge is also contagious. The only difference is that it
spreads faster and is harder to uproot.