MDI Biological Laboratory

Fungal Protein Structure and Function: Bowdoin 2023

A short course for students from Bowdoin College.


n the “Fungal protein structure and function” short course, students will collaborate with Professor Anne McBride and Sandy Fussell on research to determine features of an RNA-binding protein gene that are important for growth of the medically relevant yeast Candida albicans
Topics will include the roles of coding and non-coding gene sequences in protein expression, and how such sequences in an RNA-binding protein might impact fungal differentiation and lipase activity. Laboratory sessions will be devoted to determining phenotypes related to pathogenicity on solid agar media and comparing protein expression levels by immunoblot analysis.

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Anne McBride

Bowdoin College

Sandra Fussell

Bowdoin College

About the Maine INBRE program

This short course is supported and organized by the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).

Maine is one of 23 states that have been identified by the National Institutes of Health as having historically received low levels of NIH funding. The INBRE program was established to strengthen research networks in each of these states, so that they could become more competitive for federal research grants. In Maine, our network is comprised of 14 institutions, with the MDI Biological Laboratory as the lead institution. Other institutions in our network include the following: Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, College of the Atlantic, the Honors College at the University of Maine, the Jackson Laboratory, Southern Maine Community College, the University of Maine, UMaine Farmington, UMaine Fort Kent, UMaine Machias, UMaine Presque Isle, and the University of New England.

Money from Maine INBRE supports research training experiences like this short course, as well biomedical research and laboratory facilities throughout our network. Other training experiences include academic year and summer student research. Please check with Michael Palopoli, the INBRE contact at Bowdoin College, for the most accurate information about opportunities on your campus. He may be able to share additional opportunities with you as well.


This research training opportunity is supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103423.

The IDeA program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements.