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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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PSM in Bioinformatics

The PSM in Bioinformatics provides an opportunity for advanced training directly relevant to current knowledge for professional careers.  The degree is delivered online, and is an interdisciplinary collaboration across the fields of mathematics, computer and information science, and molecular and cell biology. Students entering the program are expected to come from a cell and molecular biology background and require more intensive training in math, computer and information science, or from the mathematics, computer or information sciences disciplines and need training in cell and molecular biology. A total of 15 credits of bioinformatics courses, nine credits of enrichment courses, and six credits of applied field experience are required.   A sample schedule for the course of study is provided below:


Fall First Year (6 cr)

  • SIE 507 Information Systems Programming (3 cr) or BMS 525 Molecular Genetics (3 cr)
  • MAT 541 Computational Genomics (3 cr)

Spring First Year (5 cr)

  • BMB 525 Functional Genomics (4 cr)
  • INT601 Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr)

Summer First Year (3 cr)

  • Plus Element course (3 cr)

Fall Second Year (4 cr)

  • SIE557 Database System Applications (3 cr)
  • GSBSE module (1 cr)

Spring Second Year (9 cr)

  • Plus Element course (3 cr)
  • Applied Field Research (6 cr)

Summer Second Year (3 cr)

  • Plus Element course (3 cr)


The applied field experience will be self-directed and will be scheduled at the convenience of the student.  With permission, other courses may be substituted for those listed for the Bioinformatics Core or Plus Element courses.  In addition, as new courses are developed for online delivery, other courses may be added to the Bioinformatics Core and Plus Element courses as they become available.  Prior graduate courses that have been taken by students, including courses considered for transfer will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  The 6 credits of applied field experience are a cornerstone of the PSM degree.  The applied field experience will integrate computer science, mathematics, biomedical sciences and plus element courses into a project that is relevant to the students’ current or future employment.  The students will present their complete projects before a committee of faculty and industry leaders.

Program specifics

  •  Transfer credit from other universities and programs may be possible
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained for the PSM in Bioinformatics

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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 •