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Molecular and Cellular Biology

The Molecular and Cellular Biology Track is an integrated, multidisciplinary graduate training program emphasizing gene function, animal development, and disease. Learn more >


The Neuroscience Track is an integrated, interdisciplinary graduate training program examining the functions of the nervous system. Learn more >

Biomedical Engineering

Students in the Biomedical Engineering track receive training in the biological, physical and computational sciences through a combination of core and advanced courses, and interdisciplinary research. Learn more >


The Toxicology Track is an innovative, multidisciplinary graduate program investigating the consequences of exposure to chemical agents on living organisms and the environment. Learn more >

Functional Genomics

The Functional Genomics Track is a highly interactive, interdisciplinary program that brings together biologists, computer and information scientists, mathematicians, engineers, biophysicists, and chemists to examine fundamental biological processes related to gene and protein function and interactions. Learn more >


Welcome to GSBSE

The Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE) is a unique graduate program that includes the University of Maine as the Ph.D. granting institution and six cooperating academic and research institutions within Maine.  The GSBSE offers a Ph.D. degree in with research opportunities in research areas such as Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics & Genomics, Toxicology, and Neuroscience.

During their first semester, Ph.D. students complete three core classes.  Individual programs of study are then developed for each student with coursework relevant to his/her research topic as well as a variety of opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary research.

During their degree program, students in the GSBSE are trained in both the classroom environment and through laboratory research in at least two of the partner institutions. With approximately 100 faculty members involved in the program the students have access to expertise in a broad range of research topics from world class leaders in these fields. The facilties available are all state-of-the-art, ranging from bioengineering fabrication and testing facilities to cutting edge microscopy and spectroscopy centers, modern zebrafish facilities, world class mouse facilities, animal imaging facilities, and genetic and bioinformatics resources.

Research findings are disseminated through national and international conferences, publication in high-profile scientific journals, and the patent literature. GSBSE is a highly competitive program which makes available numerous research opportunities and provides a generous stipend. Interested applicants are encouraged to fill out our Advance Application form for further information.

The GSBSE also offers on-line MS and PSM programs in Bioinformatics.


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Our Programs

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Our programs include 5 tracks and more than 10 research areas.
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UMaine The Jackson Laboratory Maine Medical Center Research Institute The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory University of Southern Maine University of New England
For more information about the program, please contact:
Laura Hall, GSBSE Administrative Assistant • 207-581-4654 •