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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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Latest News

GSBSE Alumna Ginny McLane featured in 2017 Rising Tide

The "Rising Tide" a publication of the Office of Research and Scholarship at the University of New England has featured Ginny McLane in their 2017 issue.

Ginny completed her PhD in May of 2016 under the guidance of Ling Cao, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England., see page 46.

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[INBRE] Comparative Regenerative Biology course, July 29-August 12, 2017

Comparative Regenerative Biology
July 29-August 12, 2017
Application deadline: May 1, 2017
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This course brings together leading scientists and students to study fundamental questions in regeneration biology and practical applications using extensive hands-on laboratories. Scientific core access comparative bioinformatics  includes Animal Resources, Bioinformatics, Microscopy, and Instrumentation. This course features extensive incorporation of  to identify key common...

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GSBSE Student Eliza Grlickova-Duzevik presented at the 23rd Scientific Conference of the Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology

GSBSE student, Eliza Grlickova-Duzevik (currently conducting her thesis research in the lab of Ling Cao at the University of New England) presented at the 23rd Scientific Conference of the Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology (SNIP) orally on April 1, 2017. Her presentation was titled: The role of calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) in retroviral infection of glial cells.

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GSBSE Student Josh Havelin publishes in Arthritis & Rheumatology

Effects of treadmill exercise on advanced osteoarthritis pain in rats.
Allen J, Imbert I, Havelin J, Henderson T, Stevenson G, Liaw L, King T.
Arthritis Rheumatol . 2017 Mar 20. doi: 10.1002/art.40101. [Epub ahead of print]

Josh conducts his research in the laboratory of GSBSE faculty Dr. Tamara King at the University of New England.

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Kathy Morelli awarded "Best Poster" at the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. Scientific Conference

Kathy received the “Best Poster” award at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Scientific Conference in Arlington, Virginia.  Her poster was entitled: “A personalized gene therapy approach for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease type 2D.”  The award, presented to a highly relevant audience, reflects both the quality of her poster and presentation and also the potential impact of her project.

Congratulations Kathy!

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Kathy Morelli publishes in Cell Reports

Severity of Demyelinating and Axonal Neuropathy Mouse Models Is Modified by Genes Affecting Structure and Function of Peripheral Nodes.
Morelli KH, Seburn KL, Schroeder DG, Spaulding EL, Dionne LA, Cox GA, Burgess RW.
Cell Rep . 2017 Mar 28;18(13):3178-3191. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2017.03.009.
PMID: 28355569

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[INBRE] IDeA Proteomics Workshop

Two Discovery Phase Proteomics Workshops for either faculty members or graduate students/postdocs in IDeA states are being offered. The faculty member workshop will be held on May 24-26, 2017, in Little Rock.  The student workshop will be held on May 17-19th, in Little Rock. Lodging and travel will be covered. The information for how to apply can be accessed through the website link embedded in the attached two fliers. This will be a tremendous opportunity for faculty members and graduate...

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Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying neurogenesis in the adult and aged brain

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 3:10pm
Place: 107 Norman Smith Hall, University of Maine campus, Orono

Speaker: Ashley Webb, Ph.D. of Brown University

The goal of our work is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying neurogenesis and the decline in neural stem cell function (NSC) during aging. We are investigating how transcription factor networks regulate NSC homeostasis, and discovering ways to rejuvenate NSCs and increase new neuron formation in the aged or diseased brain....

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GSBSE Student Elisabeth Kilroy Presents at Maine Science Festival

Elisabeth Kilroy presented "A Day in the Life of a Graduate Researcher" at the 2017 Maine Science Festival. GSBSE Director David Neivandt moderated the session to over 150 middle school students. Other presenters were ...

Lila Lyons, Undergraduate Researcher
Grace McKenzie, EMT
Kelley Strout, Nurse
Caitlin Howell, Faculty Researcher
Tom Courtney, Doctor

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GSBSE Student Sarah McCarthy Awarded an NIH F31 Fellowship

Sarah has received a prestigous NIH fellowship, F31DK112602 "Smad-WNT crosstalk in renal dysplasia". Sarah conducts her research in the laboratory of Dr. Leif Oxburgh at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough, Maine.

Congratulations Sarah!

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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
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