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Kevin Strange, Ph.D.

MDI Biological Laboratory president awarded $2.1M grant to study protein regulation

Kevin Strange, Ph.D., President of The MDI Biological Laboratory has received a five-year, $2.1 million federal grant to study how proteins are regulated.

Proteins perform the essential work of every cell and organ in ourbodies. Understanding how they are regulated and what happens when mutations occur is key to developing better treatments for a variety of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and heart disease.

How Do Germline Cells Maintain Immortality

Researchers in Dr. Dustin Updike’s group at the MDI Biological Laboratory are working to discover what it is that gives germ cells their immortal and stem-cell-like properties. “When cellular immortality is lost, the result is sterility. When improperly acquired, the result is cancer. We’d like to know how cells regulate their immortal potential to make sure it stays on when it is needed, or to turn it off when it is not,” says Updike.

Dustin Shillcox in front of taxis

MDI Biological Laboratory to host international leaders in regenerative medicine

Dustin Shillcox was 26 years old when doctors told him he’d never move his legs again. But today, Dustin can move his legs and toes, and is working on his sit ups and back extensions, thanks to an experimental research study led by Claudia Angeli, Ph.D., senior researcher at the Human Locomotion Research Center at Frazier Rehab in Louisville, KY.

Peter Currie and Kevin Strange

World’s leading regenerative medicine institutes create partnership

The MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, has signed a partnership agreement with the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, to promote research and education on regeneration and the development of new therapies to improve human health.