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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General News

International New Media Artist in Residency at MDI Bio Lab

Michael Takeo Magruder works at the intersection of art and technology: now he takes on the meeting of art and science at the Lab.

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Regeneration

Murawala Lab Discovers a New Stem Cell

Globe-spanning research project opens new possibilities for regenerative medicine  

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Aging

New Findings Shed Light on Mitochondrial Function

Research on mitochondrial function in Drosophila published in the journal Life Science Alliance.

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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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Collaborations
Mainebiz · August 28, 2023

We’re seeing a remarkable moment in Maine’s bioscience community

Maine’s bioscience community is working overtime to raise its profile in the world of life sciences. And that is coinciding with a remarkable moment in biology, technology and medicine.

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Environment
ESIP · June 20, 2023

Meet 2023 Raskin Scholar Alexis Garretson

The 2023 Raskin Scholar is Alexis Garretson from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at Tufts University where she studies evolutionary biology.

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Bar Harbor, Maine · November 19, 2023

Economic Analysis Shows NIH Funding is Vital for Maine, Other Rural States

Spinoff effects are the eye openers

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Other
Bar Harbor, Maine · October 20, 2023

MDI Bio Lab Website Wins International dotCOMM Award

Website design led by Maine’s Cushman Creative positions Bio Lab for a new era of growth

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Aging
Bar Harbor, Maine · May 17, 2023

Accomplished molecular biologist to lead new group at MDI Biological Laboratory

Halyna Shcherbata, Ph.D., studies molecular and genetic mechanisms of muscular dystrophies and brain disease

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