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Molecular and Cellular Biology

Molecular and Cellular Biology seeks mechanistic understanding of broad aspects of development and disease, including cell signal transduction, stem cell fate determination, and tissue homeostasis at multiple levels that include intermolecular, cell-cell, tissue and organ function. Related research within the GSBSE ranges from basic developmental and disease processes in cell and animal models from zebrafish to mouse, to studies in humans, which emphasize vascular biology, stem cell biology, tissue development, homeostasis and pathology. Learn more >


Neuroscience is an intrinsically broad discipline aimed at understanding large issues such as cognition, behavior, and neurological systems at levels that include the underlying anatomical and cellular circuits, and even the molecular events that control cell excitability, synaptic function, and development. Neuroscience research within the GSBSE ranges from psychology and psychometric studies in humans, to neuropharmacology and toxicology, to molecular genetics of neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disease in model organisms. Learn more >

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering may be defined as the application of engineering principles to promote and enhance the health and well-being of humans. Applications span the gamut of clinical, therapeutic and diagnostic arenas. Research strengths of the GSBSE include; artificial muscle, biomedical microdevices and microsystems, Lab-on-Chip, Biosensors, nanodevices and instruments, cell mechanics, robotic surgery, single molecule imaging, spectroscopy and microscopy of biological materials, and porous implants for tissue ingrowth. Learn more >


Toxicology is an applied discipline that incorporates and builds on a host of scientific disciplines to investigate the consequences of exposure to chemical agents on living organisms and the environment, and the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie those consequences. Research strengths of the GSBSE include; comparative marine toxicology, chemical carcinogenesis, immunotoxicology, toxicogenomics, neurotoxicology, and outer space toxicology. Learn more >

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Research in bioinformatics and computational biology is an interdisciplinary area of study that brings together biologists, computer and information scientists, mathematicians, engineers, biophysicists, and chemists to examine fundamental biological processes through data intensive analysis and computational modeling.
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Admissions Overview

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Thank you for your interest in our program. The information below provides background on the requirements for a successful candidate. If you have any further questions, please contact us.

A strong applicant will have an undergraduate degree in the sciences, engineering, or related discipline, with an outstanding academic record and strong GRE scores. The general GRE examination is required for review by the GSBSE Admissions Committee. The subject examination is not required. Evaluation for admission will also consider the motivation and career goals of the applicant in addition to research experience and the strength of recommendations. 

The application packet should include:

  • University of Maine Graduate School application (
  • Letter of interest, including motivation to pursue an advanced degree
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores, if appropriate
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic references
  • Official academic transcript
  • Any other relevant information that will aid in the evaluation of the applicant

Applications are accepted until January 1st for matriculation in the Fall semester of the same year. The application review process starts in early January. The Admissions Committee completes an initial review of all applicants to selected candidates for telephone interviews for domestic students, and video conference interviews for international students. Finalists selected from the initial interviews are invited for on-site interviews for domestic students, or a second round of video conference interviews for international students.  Notification of admission into the program occurs in the Spring.

For more information, view our detailed program information. If you're ready to apply, please choose one of the options below:

To begin, submit our advance application:

We strongly recommend that you submit an advance application via our website. This advance application will help us get to you know you better and may help us connect you with a GSBSE faculty or staff member who can assist you in the formal application process. Click the link below to submit your advance application:

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Please note, our advance application is not a formal application, and we cannot guarantee a response. If you are concerned about the status of your advance application, please contact us.

If you are ready to submit a full application:

If have already submitted an advance application to us-- or if the application deadline is approaching and there is not sufficient time to submit an advance application-- please click on the link below:

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Our Programs

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We offer 3 degree programs in five research focus areas. Learn more

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:
Tammy Crosby • 207-581-4654 •