We recognize that this is a time of uncertainty, and the safety of our staff, visitors and community are our absolute priority. With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person homecoming gathering for this year and move the celebration of our amazing alumni online.
We’ve planned a variety of virtual events with the goal of reconnecting you, our talented alumni, with your mentors and each other. We’re looking forward to sharing the latest news from MDIBL and are ecstatic that Allison Fundis, our keynote speaker, will be able to participate in our virtual program as well.
Please join us for a wonderful series of events as we celebrate and connect our alumni, past and present faculty, and current students!
** Pre-Registration is Required **
Join MDIBL director Dr. Hermann Haller for an update on current research and education programs, to hear his vision for the coming years, and find out how you can get involved! Register for this event.
Keynote Speaker: Allison Fundis, Chief Operating Officer, Ocean Exploration Trust and MDIBL Alumna ‘02
Wednesday, August 5, 4:30 pm
“The role MDIBL plays in experiential STEM education should not be underestimated. Their programming seeds strong foundations for cultivating the next generation of scientists, problem solvers, and critical thinkers. My experience as a student at MDIBL was one of the pivotal experiences I had that led me to want a career in research science.”
Allison Fundis has forged her own path in deep sea exploration and has taken part in more than 50 expeditions on the nonprofit Trust’s exploration vessel Nautilus. Last summer Fundis spearheaded the search for traces of another groundbreaking woman: Amelia Earhart. More than eight decades after pioneering aviator’s 1937 disappearance, no trace has been found of her Lockheed Electra, making it one of the most enduring mysteries of the 20th century. Fundis and her team used remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and other state-of-the-art technology to comb the ocean around Nikumaroro island in the western Pacific. While they made no definitive discoveries, Fundis can claim that she and her team have made the most comprehensive search for Earhart to date.
Fundis is passionate about sharing her passion for deep sea exploration. The Trust offers fellowships and internships aboard the E/V Nautilus and as COO, Fundis strives to create authentic, real-world opportunities to introduce youth, especially young women, to the fascinating world of research science. Register for this event.
Grab a cup of coffee and join a panel of alumni, former visiting scientists and mentors to hear how their MDIBL experience influenced their career choices within and outside of related fields. Moderated by David C. Dawson, Ph.D., the panel will include Dr. Jim Boyer, Anastasia Gianakas, Dr. Laurel Parker, and Christopher Sighinolfi.
Dr. Dave Dawson is a former MDIBL Director (1992-1998) and Professor Emeritus (Former Chair) of the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. He holds a doctorate in biology from the University of Pittsburgh, has spent much of his career seeking treatments for two closely linked, lethal childhood diseases: cystic fibrosis — the most common genetic disease among Caucasians — and secretory diarrheas, including cholera. Since retiring from his laboratory career, Dr. Dawson has been studying economics.
Dr. James L. Boyer is the Ensign Professor of Medicine and Emeritus Director of the Liver Center at Yale School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Haverford College (1958) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1962). Dr. Boyer has a long history at MDIBL, as a visiting investigator since 1971, former Director of the NIEHS Center for Membrane Toxicity Studies, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2003 and from 2011 to 2013.
Anastasia Gianakas works at Virgo Health in New York, where she serves as a team lead in delivering a variety of educational and communications initiatives on behalf of clients across the healthcare industry. She advises clients on strategy and leads cross-functional teams in content development and program execution. Anastasia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and participated in MDIBL’s summer programs as an undergraduate student in 2010 and 2011.
Dr. Laurel Parker, an MDIBL student from 1999 to 2004, is an emergency medicine physician who treats patients in the emergency departments at the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta and Thayer Center for Health in Waterville. She also serves as medical director of emergency medicine at MaineGeneral Medical Center, ED department chair and Medical Executive Committee representative.
Christopher Sighinolfi is a managing director in US Equity Research at Jefferies and one of Wall Street’s top-rated energy analysts. A current MDIBL Board of Trustees member, he first came to the MDI Biological Laboratory as a high school fellow in 2001, where he worked with Drs. Franklin H. Epstein and Patricio Silva. He spent four consecutive summers at the laboratory, two as a high school student and two as an undergraduate.
Zoom along with Jeri Bowers, Director of Development and Public Affairs, as she walks us through the campus. See how much has changed over the years and get an update on who is where! Register for this event.
MDI alumnus Nishad Jayasundara, Ph.D., of the University of Maine, Orono, and Fullbright recipient Emily Craig will present “A Glimpse into the Future of Global Water Struggles from a Rural Farming Community if Sri Lanka”. Their research covers changing climate, economic disparity and global health concerns linked to regulations on environmental contaminants in rural agricultural communities on the island nation of Sri Lanka. Register for this event.
Please use this form to register for any and all events (unless otherwise specified in their description). We are looking forward to connecting with you via Zoom in August!
After registering, help us to connect by sharing memories, stories and photos from your time at MDIBL and what you have been up to since.