Courtney Nichole Willey


  • Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology, Minor in Sociology, Bowdoin College


Aging, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Development, Genomics, Metabolism, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neuroscience, Stem Cells

Brief Biography

After the completion of her degree at Bowdoin College in 2020, Courtney found herself back home in her rural community of Downeast Maine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a first-generation student, she was determined to not let a pandemic interrupt her dreams of becoming a scientist, so she applied to The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. She was hired as a Research Assistant in the Korstanje lab studying the regenerative properties of the kidney, using the American Black bear and mouse as model organisms. Her experiences in this lab, prepared her to be a skilled scientist and sparked a passion for helping others through her research. Through the UMaine GSBSE Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences, Courtney hopes to translate genetic discoveries to therapeutic interventions by focusing on unexplored biological mechanisms and work towards improving the health and wellbeing of others.