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Meet Our Postdocs: Dilawar Mir, Ph.D.

The pull of C. elegans drew Dilawar Mir, Ph.D. to the Rogers Lab at the MDI Biological Laboratory for his postdoctoral research. Born and raised in the Kashmir Valley, Mir earned his Ph.D. from Alagappa University in India in 2019. His graduate research focused on understanding host-pathogen interactions in the context of the whole organism;…

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Meet Our Postdocs: Zhengxin Ma, Ph.D.

Zhengxin first encountered C. elegans during her graduate studies at the University of Florida, where she earned a M.S. in animal nutrition and a Ph.D. in animal microbiology, studying how to mitigate antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. She used the model to test the toxicity of bacterial toxins and chemicals and was hooked. When it came time to…

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Meet Our Postdocs: Jun-Yeong Lee, Ph.D.

During Dr. Jun-Yeong Lee’s graduate career at Seoul National University, he discovered genes in a species of lactic acid bacteria that are responsible for preventing infection in animals, such as livestock. After completing his Ph.D., Jun-Yeong wanted to expand his knowledge of data mining and big data analysis,  and shift his focus to mammals instead…

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Meet Our Postdocs: Hyemin Min, Ph.D.

Hyemin is one of the newest postdoctoral researchers to join the MDI Biological Laboratory, arriving in July 2021 to begin her final stage of scientific training. She hails from Seoul, Korea and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at Konkuk University of Korea. Under the guidance of her advisor, Professor Yhong-Hee Shim, she studied the…

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Meet Our Postdocs: Emily Spaulding, Ph.D.

Dr. Emily Spaulding graduated from the University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering in 2019. She joined the MDI Biological Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in the Updike Lab, just two months before the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions began. While her first year at MDI Biological Laboratory was challenging, she highlighted two areas…

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Meet Our Postdocs: Marko Pende, Ph.D.

When Prayag Murawala, Ph.D., was recruited as a new faculty member to MDI Biological Laboratory in 2020, it only took a few months for colleague Marko Pende, Ph.D., to follow him to Maine as a postdoctoral researcher. Marko and Prayag collaborated on a paper while they were both completing different stages of their education and…

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