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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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Current Students & Staff

Resources for members of the GSBSE community:

New Student Orientation


  • GSBSE Faculty Guidelines
    If you wish to become GSBSE Faculty, please email your CV (with current publication and funding information, including amounts) to
  • Student Registration Deadlines:
    • Fall - July 30
    • Spring - December 15
    • Summer - April 30
  • How to register for USM Classes
  • First Year Student Rotation Notification Deadlines: Students need to let Tammy Crosby know where they are doing a rotation by the following deadlines so that the Institutions they are going to are prepared for their arrival.
    • 1st rotation – July 30
    • 2nd rotation – November 30
    • 3rd rotation – April 30
  • Faculty Class Notification Deadlines:  Faculty must let the GSBSE office know by the following deadlines what classes they are planning to teach, providing a description of the class, the number of credits, and the preferred days/times for the class.
    • June 30 for Fall classes
    • November 15 for Spring classes
  • Forms
  • Manage your GSBSE website profile
    Click the link to login and manage your profile. If you are a GSBSE faculty member, you need to associate your profile with the Tracks, Research Areas, and Institutes that you are affiliated with in order for your profile to show up in these areas of the website. If you lost your password or haven't set up your page yet, click on the "password reset" link and enter your email address and a password will be sent to you. If you do not receive a password, contact Tammy Crosby (

  • Student Navigator
    The Student Navigator is a place to keep all of your Graduate School files and communications with your thesis committee. The site is only accessible to you and your committee. Please keep it updated with committee meeting forms, your comprehensive exam proposal, any papers you publish, meetings you go to, grants you write, drafts of your thesis, etc. Some default "Milestones" are created for you, however you can create any new Milestones you want for papers, meetings, or even data to show your committee. The more information you can give your committee, the better they can help you with your research project now and when they need to write you letters of recommendation in the future.
  • GSBSE Discussion Board 
    The GSBSE Discussion Board can be used for any communication between just students, just faculty, or between both faculty and students (open discussions). When you start a new topic you can auto-subscribe people to the topic so they will receive an email anytime there is a post to that topic. You can also subscribe yourself to any topic that is presently on the site, as well as post responses to any of the topics. Current topics include a listing of labs looking for rotation students, and several courses are using this site.
  • Fogler Library
    Link to the UMaine library containing access to eJournals and other library resources.

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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 •