MDI Biological Laboratory

iCARB: Immersion in Comparative Aging and Regenerative Biology 2022

This innovative two-week immersion course will feature a blend of regeneration and aging models, comparative biology experiments, lectures, and seminars.

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This innovative two-week immersion course will feature a blend of aging and regeneration models, comparative biology experiments, lectures, and seminars. Its curriculum is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and career scientists interested in the nexus of aging and regeneration research.

Within this dynamic environment each student will work with and discuss:

  1. invertebrate and vertebrate models (e.g., C. elegans, D. melanogaster, planarians, Hydra, zebrafish, African turquoise killifish, axolotl, and mouse;
  2. pathways controlling aging;
  3. changes in regenerative potential during aging; and
  4. a growing network of colleagues studying the crossroads between regeneration and aging.

Included in this course is registration to the Mechanisms of Cellular Resilience Symposium happening at MDIBL August 12-14. Participants will have full access to the symposium, the ability to present a poster or talk, and Resiliency Training sessions.

Applications are open. Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the course has filled, at which time a waiting list will be maintained.

MDI Biological Laboratory is located on Mount Desert Island near Acadia National Park and the popular vacation destination of Bar Harbor, Maine.

Course Director

Aric Rogers, Ph.D.


Course Faculty

James Kirkland, Ph.D.

Mayo Clinic

Monica Driscoll, Ph.D.

Rutgers University

Keith Blackwell, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Ron Korstanje, Ph.D.

The Jackson Laboratory

Celina Juliano, Ph.D.

University of California, Davis

James Coffman, Ph.D.

MDI Biological Laboratory

Iain Drummond, Ph.D.

MDI Biological Laboratory

Veronica Galvan Hart, Ph.D.

Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center

James Godwin, Ph.D.

MDI Biological Laboratory

Niran Hadad, Ph.D.

The Jackson Laboratory

Tatjana Piotrowski, PhD

Stowers Institute

Jarod Rollins, Ph.D.

MDI Biological Laboratory

Dustin Updike, Ph.D.

MDI Biological Laboratory


Tuition: $4,500 USD

Tuition includes on-campus housing and meals. Participants are responsible for travel costs.

Limited scholarships are available, awarded as tuition reduction only. The online application contains a mechanism to request consideration for scholarship support.


On campus housing is provided. The housing provided in the tuition cost is double occupancy bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Single occupancy bedrooms may be available at an additional charge.


Participants will arrive in the afternoon on Sunday, August 7 and depart early morning on Saturday, August 20. A detailed schedule will be sent to all accepted participants.