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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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Cardiovascular

Research in the cardiovascular area addresses basic questions relevant to the establishment, remodeling, and pathology of the heart and circulatory system. Experimental approaches include developmental and cardiovascular disease models, and studies of the genetic basis of disease.

 
 

Faculty

Merrill Elias

Merrill Elias

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

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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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Karen Houseknecht

Karen Houseknecht

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

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Ron Korstanje

Ron Korstanje

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

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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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Douglas Sawyer

Douglas Sawyer

Interests: cardiology, heart failure, cell signaling

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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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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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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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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 • gsbse@maine.edu