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50th Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS)

The annual Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS) is a state-wide gathering of scientists and students—an opportunity to share research results, exchange ideas, promote collaboration, and network with Maine scientists in a variety of disciplines.

  • April 21-22, 2023
  • MDI Biological Laboratory

Overview

The annual Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS) is a state-wide gathering of scientists and students—an opportunity to share research results, exchange ideas, promote collaboration, and network with Maine scientists in a variety of disciplines.Photograph of First Last

2023 Keynote Speaker: R. Craig Albertson, Ph.D., Professor of Natural Sciences, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Organizers

David Angelini, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Colby College

James A. Coffman, Ph.D. Associate Professor; Director, Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)

MDI Biological Laboratory

Jean Doty, Ph.D. Professor of Biology

University of Maine Farmington

Ellen Hostert, Ph.D. Professor

University of Maine at Machias

Chris Petersen, Ph.D. Faculty, Ecology and Biology

College of the Atlantic

Paula Schlax, Ph.D. Professor

Bates College

Christine Smith Director of Courses, Conferences, and Evaluation

MDI Biological Laboratory

Ryan Tewhey, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

The Jackson Laboratory

Robert Wheeler, Ph.D. Professor of Molecular and Biomedical Science

University of Maine

Jack Bateman, Ph.D. Professor of Biology

Bowdoin College

Dan Moore, Ph.D. Chair, Biological Sciences

Southern Maine Community College

Karen Houseknecht, Ph.D. Professor of Pharmacology

University of New England

Vanessa Diaz-Gaumond Course and Conference Data and Financial Specialist

MDI Biological Laboratory

Keynote Speaker

R. Craig Albertson, Ph.D. Professor of Natural Sciences

University of Massachusetts

Invited Speakers

Yee Mon Thu Assistant Professor

Colby College

Robert Augustine Assistant Professor

Colby College

Yanyan Li Assistant Professor

University of Maine

Zhao Xuan Assistant Professor

University of Maine

Eva Balog Associate Professor and Assistant Academic Director

University of New England

Mary Teena Joy Assistant Professor

The Jackson Laboratory

Levi Adams Assistant Professor

Bates College

Schedule

MBMSS 2023 

Thursday April 20 

  • 4:00 – 5:30pm: (online) Panel discussion: Data Science & the Future of the Maine Scientific Workforce (Session moderators: Joel Graber & Ben King) 
    • Laurie Baker (COA) 
    • Michelle Greene (Bates) 
    • Liam O’Brian (Colby) 

 Friday, April 21 

  • 1:00 – 1:15pm: Introduction and history of MBMSS – Maren Auditorium
  • 1:15 – 2:30pm: Student Talk Session I (5 x 15-minute talks) (Session Chair: Dustin Updike) – Maren Auditorium
    • Alexis Garretson (JAX) 
    • Sydney Bonauto (Bowdoin) 
    • Monique Mills (JAX) 
    • Sarah Holbrook (JAX) 
    • Avery Bond (UMaine) 
  • 2:30 – 2:45pm: Break 
  • 2:45 – 4:00pm: Poster Session A – Eden Parish Hall
  • 4:00 – 5:15pm: Talk Session II (5 x 15-minute talks) (Session Chair: Chris Petersen) – Maren Auditorium
    • Robert Augustine (Colby) 
    • Nadia Rosenthal (JAX) 
    • Levi Adams (Bates) 
    • Luis Queme (UNE) 
    • Omodasola Adekeye (MDIBL) 
  • 5:15 – 7:00pm: Dinner (5:15pm and 6:15pm seatings) – Dining Hall
  • 7:00 – 8:00pm: Keynote, Craig Albertson (Session Chair: Jim Coffman) – Maren Auditorium
  • 8:00 – 9:00pm: Keynote reception 

 Saturday, April 22 

  • 8:30 – 10:00am: Poster Session B – Eden Parish Hall
  • 10:00 – 10:15am: Break 
  • 10:15 – 11:15am: Talk Session III (3 x 15-minute talks) (Session Chair: Sally Molloy) – Maren Auditorium
    • Yee Mon Thu (Colby) 
    • Yanyan Li (UMaine) 
    • Zhao Xuan (UMaine) 
    • Eva Rose Balog (UNE) 
  • 11:15 – 11:30am: Break 
  • 11:30 – 12:00pm: Flash Talk Session (~5 x 5-minute talks) (Session Chair: Jane Disney) – Maren Auditorium
    • Romain Menard (MDIBL/UMaine) graduate student 
    • Bright Obeng (UMaine) graduate student
    • Remi Geohegan (UMaine) graduate student
    • Isabel Petropoulos (Bowdoin) undergraduate student 
    • Khushi Patel (Bowdoin) undergraduate student
  • 12:00 – 1:30pm: Lunch 
  • 1:30 – 3:00pm:
    • Career Expo – MCBI Classroom
    • Faculty Focused Session, Teaching Bioinformatics – Maren Auditorium
  • 3:00 – 4:00pm: Open “Office Hour” Discussions with Microscopy Core and Bioinformatics Core (student focused) 
    • Microscopy: Dahlgren Hall
    • Bioinformatics: Maren Auditorium

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