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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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[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 regenerative signatures between species.

includes full registration Course enrollment  to our Learning from Nature: Comparative Biology of Tissue Regeneration and Aging Symposium.

Senior graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty are encouraged to applyIn this dynamic environment, each student will:

  1. examine, characterize and compare regenerative potential across a wide array of species;
  2. gain practical guidance regarding animal care, handling and husbandry;
  3. combine microsurgical methods with state of the art molecular analysis; and
  4. join a growing network of colleagues studying regeneration.

Read the recent publication by Voot Yin, Ph.D. and Benjamin King, Ph.D.:  Prioritizing studies on regeneration in nontraditional model organisms
Tuition:  $3,900.00 USD

Tuition includes all course materials, double-occupancy housing, meals, parking, wi-fi. Single occupancy, if available, may be purchased for an additional fee.  Tuition also includes full-registration to our   Learning from Nature: Comparative Biology of Tissue Regeneration and Aging Symposium

Course Director
Voot P. Yin, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
MDI Biological Laboratory

Course Faculty  
Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado , Ph.D.  
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Karen Echeverri , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota

James Godwin , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
The Jackson Laboratory/MDI Biological Laboratory

Benjamin L. King , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics
University of Maine

Juan Larrain , Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Vice President for Research
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Vicki P. Losick , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
MDI Biological Laboratory

Kenneth D. Poss , Ph.D.
Professor of Cell Biology
Duke University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Ashley Seifert , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Kentucky

For more information and to register, visit:

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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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