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2022 Visiting Scientists Arrive at MDIBL

  • April 15, 2022

The 2022 Visiting Scientist program has begun in earnest with the arrival of Helmut Augustin, Ph.D., DVM, from Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany, and Hillary Maddin, Ph.D., from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada to the MDIBL campus.

Dr. Augustin is Professor of Vascular Biology at the Medical Faculty Mannheim of Heidelberg University and Founding Director of the European Center of Angioscience. He will be at MDIBL from April 18-21 for an initial visit with Dr. Hermann Haller and other MDIBL faculty. Dr. Augustin’s research interests are focused primarily on identifying the molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis — the process through which new blood vessels form from pre-existing vessels — and aging in the vascular system, developing pre-clinical models of malignant tumor progression and new anti-tumor therapies. Dr. Augustin holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and trained as a Veterinary Pathologist in Hanover, Germany.

Dr. Maddin is an Associate Professor at Carleton University in Ottowa, Canada and currently serves as advisor for students in the Vertebrate Palaeontology Concentration in the Earth Sciences department. She will be at MDIBL from April 17 to May 14, working with Dr. Prayag Murawala studying the axolotl to improve our understanding of the evolutionary implications of limb bud developmental timing and to reveal the mechanistic basis of limb bud initiation. Dr. Maddin is also interested in the evolution of cranial morphology (form and structure) and how patterns of relatedness, development and function underlie the origin of morphological diversity observed among animals living today. She holds a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from The University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada.