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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

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

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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Faculty

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Open/close this section University of Maine

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Kate Beard-Tisdale

Kate Beard-Tisdale

Interests: Digital libraries; spatial uncertainty; geographic information systems (GIS)

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Scott Collins

Scott Collins

Interests: MEMS, nanofabrication, micromechanical components, microphotonic devices

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Laurie Connell

Laurie Connell

Interests: Environmental Oceanography, Marine Physiological Ecology, Marine Molecular Genetics, Marine Biology

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Dorothy Croall

Dorothy Croall

Interests: Calcium-linked signaling pathways; proteolytic enzymes and proteolytic modification of proteins; membrane-cytoskeleton interactions

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Max Egenhofer

Max Egenhofer

Interests: Spatial reasoning; geographic database systems; user interfaces for geographic information systems (GIS); mobile computing

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Merrill Elias

Merrill Elias

Interests: cardiovascular epidemiology, neuroepidemiology, cognitive performance, cognitive functioning, cardiovascular risk factors

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Shawn Ell

Shawn Ell

Interests: cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, computational modeling

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Thane Fremouw

Thane Fremouw

Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience, Auditory Neurophysiology, Chemo Brain, Chemo Fog Cognition

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William Gramlich

William Gramlich

Interests: Hydrogels and biomaterials, cell differentiation and behavior, anti-biofouling and smart coatings

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Christopher Grindrod

Christopher Grindrod

Interests: language comprehension, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology

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Marie J. Hayes

Marie J. Hayes

Interests: Sleep in human neonates, prenatal neurotoxic exposure and withdrawal, SIDS

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Clarissa Henry

Clarissa Henry

Interests: Cell and molecular biology of segmentation and muscle development in Zebrafish

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Sam Hess

Sam Hess

Interests: Super-Resolution Microscopy, Instrumentation Development, Biomembrane Organization, and Influenza

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Caitlin Howell

Caitlin Howell

Interests: Biointerfaces • Bio-Inspired Technology Development • Bacterial and Fungal Biofilm Formation and Control • Biomolecular Surface Interactions • Mammalian Cell Surface Interactions

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Joshua Kelley

Joshua Kelley

Interests: cell biology, biochemistry, yeast, actin, polarity, GPCR, Cdc42, gradient tracking, chemotropism, chemotaxis

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Andre Khalil

Andre Khalil

Interests: Image Analysis, Signal Processing, Computational Modeling

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Carol Kim

Carol Kim

Interests: Innate immunity, pathogens, bacteria, viruses, zebrafish, infection, TLR, cystic fibrosis, arsenic, immunology, toxicology, microbiology, super resolution microscopy

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Benjamin King

Benjamin King

Interests: bioinformatics, compuational biology, genomics

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Melissa Maginnis

Melissa Maginnis

Interests: virus, host-pathogen interactions, receptors, cell signaling, JC polyomavirus, PML

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Michael Mason

Michael Mason

Interests: Photophysics of nanoparticles and molecular nanoprobes, single molecule imaging, time-resolved single photon spectroscopic imaging techniques

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Paul Millard

Paul Millard

Interests: biosensors, microbial pathogen detection

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David Neivandt

David Neivandt

Interests: Determination of the orientation and conformation of interfacial species; surface spectroscopies/microscopies; model cellular membranes; biological and chemical sensors

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Mauricio Pereira da Cunha

Mauricio Pereira da Cunha

Interests: Biosensors; microfluidic devices and systems; new piezoelectric materials and acoustic wave devices for military electronic systems; Microwave Acoustic Devices; High Frequency RF Devices; Wireless Communication; Signal Processing; High Temperature Acoustic Wave Sensors and materials

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Alan Rosenwasser

Alan Rosenwasser

Interests: behavioral neuroscience, chronobiology, alcohol and drug addiction

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Mohsen Shahinpoor

Mohsen Shahinpoor

Interests: Heart-Assist Devices, Neurosurgery, Robotic Surgery, Robotic Angiography, Medical Implants, Ophthalmology, Electronic Regeneration of Severed Spinal Cord, Biomimetics, Biomaterials,

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Rosemary Smith

Rosemary Smith

Interests: Microfluidic instruments for biomolecular analysis, microsensors, biomedical microdevices

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Karissa Tilbury

Karissa Tilbury

Interests: Second Harmonic Generation, Multiphoton Microscopy, Extracellular Matrix

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Kristy Townsend

Kristy Townsend

Interests: energy balance, brown adipose tissue, brown fat, brain, CNS, metabolism, neurobiology, neuroscience, obesity, neuropathy, energetics, diabetes, neurogenesis, appetite, sympathetic nerves, adipose tissue, neural plasticity, neurotrophic factors, fuel utilization

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Rebecca Van Beneden

Rebecca Van Beneden

Interests: Environmental Oceanography, Environmental Toxicology, Marine Molecular Genetics, Tumorigenesis, Molecular Carcinogenesis in Aquatic Organisms, Marine Biology

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Robert Wheeler

Robert Wheeler

Interests: Candida, innate immunity, host-pathogen, dendritic, functional genomics, anti-fungal, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology

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Guangwen "Gary"  Ren

Guangwen "Gary" Ren

Interests: Tumor Microenvironment, Cancer Immunology, Cancer Therapeutic Resistance, Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Hematopoiesis

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Judith Blake

Judith Blake

Interests: Gene Ontology, Genome Informatics, Functional Genomics,

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Carol Bult

Carol Bult

Interests: bioinformatics, genomics, cancer, lung development and disease

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Robert Burgess

Robert Burgess

Interests: Neurodevelopment, Synapse Formation

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Gary Churchill

Gary Churchill

Interests: Statistical Genetics, QTL Analysis

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Gregory Cox

Gregory Cox

Interests: Neuromuscular disease, mouse genetics, disease biology, motor neurons, skeletal muscles

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Beth Dumont

Beth Dumont

Interests: evolution, genomics, reproductive biology, meiosis, mutation, recombination

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Joel Graber

Joel Graber

Interests: computational biology bioinformatics genomics mRNA processing gene expression polyadenylation post-transcriptional gene processing

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Mary Ann Handel

Mary Ann Handel

Interests: Spermatogenesis, Testis Development, Infertility Genetic Models

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Simon John

Simon John

Interests: Aging Developmental Biology Metabolic Diseases Inflammation Neuromuscular Defects Neuroscience Neurodegenerative Disease Complex Traits Genetics And Genomics Aging Developmental Disorders Eye Research Neurodegenerative And Neuromuscular Diseases

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Catherine Kaczorowski

Catherine Kaczorowski

Interests: learning, aging, plasticity, systems genetics, Alzheimer's disease, electrophysiology

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Andre Khalil

Andre Khalil

Interests: Image Analysis, Signal Processing, Computational Modeling

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Ron Korstanje

Ron Korstanje

Interests: Complex trait genetics, Systems genetics, Aging, Renal disease.

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Vivek Kumar

Vivek Kumar

Interests: addiction, functional genetics, neurobiology, reward pathways, cocaine, mouse genetics

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Mingyang Lu

Mingyang Lu

Interests: Cancer Systems Biology, Computaional Biology and Bioinformatics, Mathermatial Modeling, Gene Regulatory Network, Single Celll Genomics, Big Data

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Steven Munger

Steven Munger

Interests: Genomics, Systems Genetics, Functional Genomics, Sex Determination, Development, Bioinformatics

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Derry Roopenian

Derry Roopenian

Interests: Immunobiology, autoimmune disease genetics, therapeutic antibodies

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Leonard Shultz

Leonard Shultz

Interests: Immunology, immunodeficiency, humanized mice, animal models, diabetes

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John Sundberg

John Sundberg

Interests: Mouse pathology, Diseases of the skin, hair, and nails, Junctional epidermolysis bullosa, alopecia areata, psoriasis, skin cancer, ichthiosis, pseudoxanthoma elasticum

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Basile Tarchini

Basile Tarchini

Interests: Developmental biology, inner ear, cell polarity

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Jennifer Trowbridge

Jennifer Trowbridge

Interests: cancer, hematopoiesis, stem cells, epigenetics

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Open/close this section Maine Medical Center Research Institute

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Peter Brooks

Peter Brooks

Interests: Regulation of integrin-mediated cellular communication with the extracellular matrix (ECM) with angiogenesis, tumor growth and metastasis.

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Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown

Interests: Stem cells, development, cell signaling, metabolism, brown adipose, BMP signaling

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Christine Duarte

Christine Duarte

Interests: statistical genetics, bioinformatics, clinical prediction models, big data

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Robert Friesel

Robert Friesel

Interests: Growth factors (FGFs), signal transduction, vascular biology, skeletal development, cancer

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Thomas Gridley

Thomas Gridley

Interests: Birth defects, Developmental mutants, Notch signaling pathway in development and disease, Snail family genes, cardiovascular development

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Lucy Liaw

Lucy Liaw

Interests: Vascular development and remodeling, cancer biology

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Volkhard Lindner

Volkhard Lindner

Interests: cardiovascular

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Leif Oxburgh

Leif Oxburgh

Interests: embryonic kidney progenitor cells, organogenesis, tissue engineering, acute kidney injury

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Ilka Pinz

Ilka Pinz

Interests: Cardiovascular disease in obesity and hyperlipidemia

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Igor Prudovsky

Igor Prudovsky

Interests: Growth factors and cytokines in the cardiovascular system. Cell proliferation and senescence.

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Michaela Reagan

Michaela Reagan

Interests: blood cancer, multiple myeloma, bone microenvironment, 3D Models, in vivo models, oncology, marrow adipose, bone marrow niche, tumor-host interactions, biomedical engineering

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Pradeep Sathyanarayana

Pradeep Sathyanarayana

Interests: Podocalyxin, microRNA, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, JAK2-STAT5 signaling

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Douglas Sawyer

Douglas Sawyer

Interests: cardiology, heart failure, cell signaling

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Calvin Vary

Calvin Vary

Interests: Mechanisms of TGF-beta receptor regulation in vascular development and disease. Roles of endoglin in prostate cancer and its microenvironment. Study of biomedically-relevant models using mass spectrometry for quantitative protein analysis.

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Open/close this section The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory

Faculty

James Coffman

James Coffman

Interests: Development, regeneration, aging, transcription, genomics, evolution

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Vicki Losick

Vicki Losick

Interests: Wound healing, Regeneration, Aging, Drosophila

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Sandra Rieger

Sandra Rieger

Interests: Regeneration, Peripheral nervous system, wound reapir

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Aric Rogers

Aric Rogers

Interests: Aging, lifespan, longevity, genetics, molecular biology, cellular homeostasis, stress response

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Dustin Updike

Dustin Updike

Interests: Regenerative Biology, Germline Development, Germ Granules, C. elegans

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Open/close this section University of New England

Faculty

Geoffrey Bove

Geoffrey Bove

Interests: pain, electrophysiology, mechanisms of manual therapy

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Michael Burman

Michael Burman

Interests: Fear, Anxiety, Development, Learning, Memory, Behavioral Neuroscience

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Ling Cao

Ling Cao

Interests: Immunology, Neuroimmunology, Neuropathic pain

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Olgun Guvench

Olgun Guvench

Interests: biomolecular simulation and computer-aided drug design; proteoglycans

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Ronald Hills

Ronald Hills

Interests: multiscale modeling; multidrug resistance; lipid-protein interactions

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Karen Houseknecht

Karen Houseknecht

Interests: Pharmacology, endocrinology, toxicology, drug metabolism, drug discovery, diabetes, psychiatry

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Tamara King

Tamara King

Interests: chronic pain, neuropathic pain, osteoarthritis, cancer pain

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Lei Lei

Lei Lei

Interests: neuroscience, development, mouse genetics, gene expression, transcription factor, neural stem cell, sensory neuron, chronic pain, learning and memory, depression, seizure

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Ian Meng

Ian Meng

Interests: Neuroscience, Ocular Pain, Headache

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David Mokler

David Mokler

Interests: Neuroscience, Neuropharmacology, Psychopharmacology, Drug Abuse, Developmental Neuroscience,

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Derek Molliver

Derek Molliver

Interests: Neuroscience, pain, GPCRs, plasticity, proteomics, signal transduction, protein translation

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Dan Selvage

Dan Selvage

Interests: Neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, reproductive endocrinology, pharmacology, alcohol pharmacology, circadian rhythms

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Doug Spicer

Doug Spicer

Interests: Developmental biology and craniofacial development. Mesenchymal stem cell specification and differentiation.

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Cory Theberge

Cory Theberge

Interests: Lamin B nuclear receptor, cholesterol biosynthesis, veterinary pharmacology/pharmacy, organic/medicinal chemistry, drug stability, cholinergic pharmacology, LCMS

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Kerry Tucker

Kerry Tucker

Interests: primary cilia, Ift88, intraflagellar transport, midbrain, neurons, Shh, Kif3a, cerebral cortex, midbrain, spinal cord, dorsal root ganglia, DRG

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Open/close this section Accepting Rotating Students

Faculty

Michael Burman

Michael Burman

Interests: Fear, Anxiety, Development, Learning, Memory, Behavioral Neuroscience

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Ling Cao

Ling Cao

Interests: Immunology, Neuroimmunology, Neuropathic pain

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James Coffman

James Coffman

Interests: Development, regeneration, aging, transcription, genomics, evolution

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Scott Collins

Scott Collins

Interests: MEMS, nanofabrication, micromechanical components, microphotonic devices

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Gregory Cox

Gregory Cox

Interests: Neuromuscular disease, mouse genetics, disease biology, motor neurons, skeletal muscles

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Merrill Elias

Merrill Elias

Interests: cardiovascular epidemiology, neuroepidemiology, cognitive performance, cognitive functioning, cardiovascular risk factors

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William Gramlich

William Gramlich

Interests: Hydrogels and biomaterials, cell differentiation and behavior, anti-biofouling and smart coatings

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Olgun Guvench

Olgun Guvench

Interests: biomolecular simulation and computer-aided drug design; proteoglycans

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Clarissa Henry

Clarissa Henry

Interests: Cell and molecular biology of segmentation and muscle development in Zebrafish

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Caitlin Howell

Caitlin Howell

Interests: Biointerfaces • Bio-Inspired Technology Development • Bacterial and Fungal Biofilm Formation and Control • Biomolecular Surface Interactions • Mammalian Cell Surface Interactions

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Joshua Kelley

Joshua Kelley

Interests: cell biology, biochemistry, yeast, actin, polarity, GPCR, Cdc42, gradient tracking, chemotropism, chemotaxis

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Ron Korstanje

Ron Korstanje

Interests: Complex trait genetics, Systems genetics, Aging, Renal disease.

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Lei Lei

Lei Lei

Interests: neuroscience, development, mouse genetics, gene expression, transcription factor, neural stem cell, sensory neuron, chronic pain, learning and memory, depression, seizure

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Vicki Losick

Vicki Losick

Interests: Wound healing, Regeneration, Aging, Drosophila

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Mingyang Lu

Mingyang Lu

Interests: Cancer Systems Biology, Computaional Biology and Bioinformatics, Mathermatial Modeling, Gene Regulatory Network, Single Celll Genomics, Big Data

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Melissa Maginnis

Melissa Maginnis

Interests: virus, host-pathogen interactions, receptors, cell signaling, JC polyomavirus, PML

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Ian Meng

Ian Meng

Interests: Neuroscience, Ocular Pain, Headache

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Derek Molliver

Derek Molliver

Interests: Neuroscience, pain, GPCRs, plasticity, proteomics, signal transduction, protein translation

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Leif Oxburgh

Leif Oxburgh

Interests: embryonic kidney progenitor cells, organogenesis, tissue engineering, acute kidney injury

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Igor Prudovsky

Igor Prudovsky

Interests: Growth factors and cytokines in the cardiovascular system. Cell proliferation and senescence.

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Michaela Reagan

Michaela Reagan

Interests: blood cancer, multiple myeloma, bone microenvironment, 3D Models, in vivo models, oncology, marrow adipose, bone marrow niche, tumor-host interactions, biomedical engineering

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Sandra Rieger

Sandra Rieger

Interests: Regeneration, Peripheral nervous system, wound reapir

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Aric Rogers

Aric Rogers

Interests: Aging, lifespan, longevity, genetics, molecular biology, cellular homeostasis, stress response

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Leonard Shultz

Leonard Shultz

Interests: Immunology, immunodeficiency, humanized mice, animal models, diabetes

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Basile Tarchini

Basile Tarchini

Interests: Developmental biology, inner ear, cell polarity

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Kristy Townsend

Kristy Townsend

Interests: energy balance, brown adipose tissue, brown fat, brain, CNS, metabolism, neurobiology, neuroscience, obesity, neuropathy, energetics, diabetes, neurogenesis, appetite, sympathetic nerves, adipose tissue, neural plasticity, neurotrophic factors, fuel utilization

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Jennifer Trowbridge

Jennifer Trowbridge

Interests: cancer, hematopoiesis, stem cells, epigenetics

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Kerry Tucker

Kerry Tucker

Interests: primary cilia, Ift88, intraflagellar transport, midbrain, neurons, Shh, Kif3a, cerebral cortex, midbrain, spinal cord, dorsal root ganglia, DRG

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Dustin Updike

Dustin Updike

Interests: Regenerative Biology, Germline Development, Germ Granules, C. elegans

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Robert Wheeler

Robert Wheeler

Interests: Candida, innate immunity, host-pathogen, dendritic, functional genomics, anti-fungal, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology

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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
 
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