MDI Biological Laboratory

Impact Report 2023

Together, we launched new initiatives, built on existing partnerships and pursued innovative research.


Thanks to you, we had a tremendously productive year.

2023 was a milestone year for MDI Biological Laboratory. We celebrated 125 years of scientific excellence and embarked on our Strategic Plan and comprehensive fundraising campaign to ensure our scientific legacy and future success into the next century.

As I reflect back on the past year, I am so proud of all that we accomplished together. The MDI Bio Lab is rapidly evolving. We now have 24 graduate students living on our campus year-round. This leads to new challenges – the need for better housing, more infrastructure and a robust training curriculum that sets these students up for future scientific success.

Our first cohort of graduate students moved in to the newly constructed 5-suite building at the beginning of February.

In order to accommodate our growing residential population of students and visiting scientists, we have renovated and winterized seven cottages and constructed a new student housing unit with five spacious suites – and most important according to the students – a large laundry facility. Our first student cohort moved into the new building at 160 Old Bar Harbor Road last week.

We also continued to expand our drug discovery activities through MDI Biosciences. These efforts have brought MDI Bio Lab into the limelight of biotechnology development in Maine and the Northeast. Our efforts to develop animal models for drug screening are bearing fruit in a new promising project with the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. Bigelow holds the largest collection of marine algae and microbiota in the world, and we will use our expertise to identify novel therapeutic substances within their collection. In addition, MDI Biosciences has allowed us to successfully apply for federal funding to construct a secure, state-of-the-art drug discovery facility that complies with rigorous industry requirements.

The third area of strategic importance at MDI Bio Lab are our outreach and educational programs. We continue to engage the public in our work by offering innovative programs in art, science, and the humanities, and we can clearly see the positive effects of broadening our approach.

And finally, something near and dear to my heart is our progress in securing a strong financial future for the Lab. With the leadership of our board, we have laid the foundation for a comprehensive fundraising effort that will provide the resources we need to retain and recruit outstanding faculty, expand our educational programs, and modernize our historic campus. I am deeply grateful to our trustees and several of our closest supporters for their belief in our vision and for their willingness to contribute $16 million to launch this five-year effort. With their generosity and leadership, they have paved the way for what will become a transformative moment in the history of the MDI Bio Lab. I am eager to embark on this exciting journey with you as we expand our scientific horizons, while preserving the unique spirit of our beloved laboratory by the sea.


Hermann Haller, M.D.


Together, We Laid a Foundation for the Next 125 Years

In 2023, MDI Bio Lab made great progress. We have created a vibrant campus atmosphere that emphasizes our core values of collaboration and collegiality. You are an important part of the MDI Bio Lab community - thank you for your continuous support.

years open for science
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kidney organoids grown on campus
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faculty and staff
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visiting scientists collaborations with MDI Bio Lab faculty
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million in federal funding awarded to faculty
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“We are 100% focused on organisms that can regenerate, like zebrafish and axolotl, and that makes us unique. There's a wealth of discovery to be made in organisms that are just showing you how they make new hands, how they make new kidneys, how they make new eyes, and ears. And if we're smart enough, we'll figure out how they do it, and then apply that to human health.”
Iain Drummond, Ph.D. Professor and Director, Kathryn W. Davis Center for Aging and Regenerative Biology


See Your Impact on Our Education Programs

Your support of MDI Bio Lab means the next generation of scientists will receive quality mentoring, hands-on learning and exposure to real-world science. With your help, we dramatically increased the number of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working with our faculty. Thank you for helping launch the careers of these outstanding young scientists.

increase in resident graduate students working with MDI Bio Lab faculty
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years of the Maine Biological and Medical Science Symposium
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attendees at Family Science Night
summer student fellows on campus
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courses on our campus
number of countries represented by our graduate students
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“The hands-on learning in the lab was set up in a way that pushed me as an aspiring scientist to ask questions that professional scientists ask themselves every day in the lab. It was incredibly valuable for my learning, skills, and growth as a scientist, especially as I am still determining the path for my career.”
University of Southern Maine undergraduate Bridging Disciplines Short Course


Our Donors

The MDI Biological Laboratory is extremely grateful to all the donors who generously support our work. This list represents contributions made from January 1 to December 31, 2023. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our list. Our sincere apologies if any omissions or errors have occurred; please contact us to ensure your preferences are on record.

* denotes donor is an alumni of MDI Bio Lab
† denotes donor is deceased



Star Point Society Leadership Council

Star Point Society Laureate

Star Point Society Principal Investigator

Lab Partner

Friends of MDIBL

Monthly Supporters

Gifts received in Memory

Gifts received in Honor

John S. Kingsley Society

MDI Biological Laboratory Partners


Special Funds and 2023 Recipients

Special Funds

2023 Faculty Fellowship Recipients

2023 Student Fellow Recipients


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Our scientists and students are working hard to develop new approaches to prevent and treat degenerative disease. However, their work would not be possible without your support. Your gift of any amount will bring us one step closer to ensuring all of us live longer, healthier lives.

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