MDI Biological Laboratory

Getting the word out about the potentially life-changing work underway at the MDI Biological Laboratory is an honor and a privilege. I’m inspired every day by the dedication and passion of our scientists and students and grateful for the opportunity to share their work with others.

Jerilyn M. Bowers
Director of Development and Public Affairs

MDI Biological Laboratory News

Whether it’s a breakthrough in regenerative medicine or a milestone in our growth, we hope you will stay informed of what’s happening at the MDI Biological Laboratory through our press releases, blog posts, publications and media placements.

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MDI Bio Lab Scientist Receives $2 Million NIH Grant

Award brings total new research funding in 2023 to more than $8 million.

Capping a year that saw federal and private research awards totaling $8.5 million to the MDI Biological Laboratory, researcher Dustin Updike, Ph.D., learned in December that his group will receive a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The “Maximizing Investigators Research Award” (MIRA) will support the next phase of Updike’s groundbreaking work on proteins that can program and reprogram cells to sustain development, fertility and the regenerative capacities needed for healing, but which can also play a role in potent diseases such as melanoma and breast cancer.

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Philanthropy

Securing the Future of a Beloved Science Gathering

“Chalk Talks” are one of MDI Biological Laboratory’s longest-running traditions, a heritage  that embodies its spirit — an informal convening by a deeply inquisitive community that likes to share knowledge, challenge conventional thinking and... just talk science

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Aging

Rising Investigator Appointed to MDI Bio Lab Faculty

Emily Spaulding explores how disrupting basic cell organization leads to neurodegenerative disease

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Environment

Coffman Lab Awarded $449k for Collaborative Research on Arsenic and Depression

Using zebrafish to find links between early-life exposure and later effects

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Education
Mainebiz · March 26, 2024

MDI Bio Lab builds housing to keep up with growing staff, student numbers

Since the start of the pandemic, MDI Biological Laboratory has been growing enrollment in its graduate programs and growing its staffing, too.

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Regenerative Biology
Biomedical Beat Blog – National Institute of General Medical Sciences · March 6, 2024

Research Organism Superheroes: Axolotls

The friendly-looking axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) doesn’t seem to have much in common with its namesake, Xolotl—the Aztec god of lightning, death, and fire.

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Biotechnology
The Bangor Daily News · December 13, 2023

Bar Harbor biomedical lab plans to be 50 percent larger by 2030

A Bar Harbor biomedical research laboratory that studies how some creatures can regrow organs is looking to significantly expand its workforce in the next half-dozen years.

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Education
Bar Harbor, Maine · May 15, 2024

MDI Bio Lab Scientists Trace PFAS Connection Between Schools and Residential Drinking Water

Researchers expand testing program and outreach as EPA issues new "forever chemical" standards

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Drug Discovery
Bar Harbor, Maine · April 2, 2024

MDI Bio Lab Awarded $1.6 Million for Drug-Development Infrastructure

U.S. Senator Susan Collins secured the federal award of $1,607,000 for new, state-of-the-art drug development facilities at MDI Bio Lab.

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Education
Washington, D.C. · February 26, 2024

Longtime MDI Bio Lab Leader Patricia Hand Honored

Hand led NIH’s rural training and research initiatives to success in Maine

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