MDI Biological Laboratory

51st Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS)

The annual Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS) is a statewide 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.

Online Registration
Application Deadline: April 19, 2024

Abstract Submission Update

We are no longer accepting submissions of abstracts. Please be aware that if you include an abstract in your registration after the April 8th deadline, it will not be considered for presentation. Thank you for your understanding.

2024 Keynote Speaker

Martha Muñoz, Ph.D. Principal Investigator

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University


David Angelini, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology; Chair of Biology

Colby College

Jack Bateman, Ph.D. Professor of Biology

Bowdoin College

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

MDI Biological Laboratory

Vanessa Diaz-Gaumond Course and Conference Data and Financial Specialist

MDI Biological Laboratory

Jean Doty, Ph.D. Professor of Biology

University of Maine Farmington

Ellen Hostert, Ph.D. Professor of Biology

University of Maine Machias

Karen Houseknecht, Ph.D. Professor of Pharmacology, Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship

University of New England

Melissa Johnson Education Operations Coordinator

MDI Biological Laboratory

Dan Moore, Ph.D. Chair, Biological Sciences

Southern Maine Community College

Chris Petersen, Ph.D. Faculty, Ecology & Biology Emily and Mitchell Rales Chair in Ecology

College of the Atlantic

Paula J. Schlax, Ph.D. Stella James Sims Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bates College

Christine Smith Director of Courses, Conferences, and Evaluation

MDI Biological Laboratory

Ryan Tewhey, Ph.D. Associate Professor

The Jackson Laboratory

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

University of Maine

Invited Speakers

Rafiou Agoro, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

The Jackson Laboratory

Glen Ernstrom, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience

Bates College

Anna Forsman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology

Colby College

Jennifer F. Garcia, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

University of New England

Michael Henderson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Bowdoin College

Daniel Powell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience

Bowdoin College

Gail Schwieterman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences

Phillip West, Ph.D. Associate Professor

The Jackson Laboratory

Molly Woodworth, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Bates College


MBMSS 2024

Friday, April 26 

1:00 – 1:15pm: Introduction and welcome 

1:15 – 2:30pm: Talk Session I (5 x 15-minute talks) 

2:30 – 3:45pm: Poster Session A (in MCBI/training lab classroom) 

3:45 – 4:45pm: Special Panel: Students in Research & Scientific Careers 

4:45 – 5:15pm: Flash Talks/Poster Previews (6 x 5-minutes) 

5:15 – 7:00pm: Dinner (5:15pm and 6:15pm seatings – 45 minutes each w/ 15 minutes in between)  

7:00 – 8:00pm: Keynote, Martha Muñoz   

8:00 – 9:00pm: Keynote reception  

Saturday, April 27 

8:30 – 10:00am: Poster Session B (in MCBI/training lab classroom) 

10:00-11:15 Talk Session II (5 x 15-minute talks)   

11:15 – 11:30am: Break  

11:30 – 12:30pm: Talk Session III (5 x 15-minute talks)   

12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch & Informal networking 

  • Lunch topics: INBRE/IDeA investigators