Kayla Gjelsvik wins 2nd prize in poster competition at the Annual Drosophila Research conference

Kayla Gjelsvik won 2nd prize in poster competition at the Annual Drosophila Research conference. She is a GSBSE PhD student in the Losick Lab at the Biological Laboratory. Her poster was titled “Polyploid cell growth restores tissue mechanics post injury”. Link to full story: For more information, please contact the GSBSE at

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Matthew Hartmann defends his dissertation successfully

On April 25th 2019, GSBSE student Matthew Hartmann successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Characterization of ethanol-related phenotypic differences between C57BL/6J and C57BL/6NJ substrains: Role of Cyfip2?” Matt was co-advised by Dr. Alan Rosenwasser of the  UMaine Psychology Department and Dr. Vivek Kumar of The Jackson Laboratory. Matt has accepted a postdoctoral position in the Department of […]

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GSBSE Announces New Program Director

“I am happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Clarissa Henry as the new Program Director of the  (GSBSE),” Dr. Kody Varahramyan, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. Henry, a faculty member in the University of Maine School of Biology and Ecology, has been associated with the GSBSE since its inception in 2006. She […]

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GSBSE 12th Annual Meeting Awards

The following awards acknowledge outstanding student presentations during the 2018 GSBSE Annual Meeting held Friday, September 21, 2018 in Wells Conference Center. Read more about the annual meeting here. Oral Presentations 1st Place, Ambreen Sayed Zahid Functional Rescue of a Mouse Model of Congenital Muscular Dystrophy with Megaconial Myopathy 2nd Place, Eraj Khokhar Histone Lysine […]

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Scientific Seminar: Genomics approaches to age-related neurodegenerative diseases

Who: Gareth Howell, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (Jackson Laboratory) When: Tuesday, October 2, 4:00 p.m. Where: Kinne Library Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD) are the two most common forms of dementia with increasing age representing the greatest risk factor for both. There has been a great deal of research identifying the overlapping risk factors and […]

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Seven new GSBSE students are incoming this fall

Seven new GSBSE students will be starting this upcoming fall semester. To learn more about each student click on their bio link below: Victoria DeMambro Monique Mills George Murray Lucy Liaw

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