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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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Prospective Students

Are you considering applying to GSBSE? Would you like to learn more about what it means to be a GSBSE student?

To learn about GSBSE:

  • Meet our faculty: Review faculty profiles for our faculty members from 6 institutions.
  • Meet our students: Learn about our current graduate students and their research.
  • Find a mentor: Use the "Find a mentor" tool to locate GSBSE faculty who share your specific research focus and/or interests. This can help you to determine if GSBSE is the right fit for your studies.

To become a GSBSE student:

  • View program information: Our program overview includes (almost) everything you'll want to know about applying to be a student.
  • Advance application: When you are ready to apply to GSBSE, we recommend you use our advance application. This is not a formal application, but rather it gives you an opportunity to reach out to us before you formally apply. We can get to know each other better, and if you are a potential candidate for admissions, we can assist you during the application process.

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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 •