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Shaping Maine’s Scientific Future

Earlier this month, MDI Biological Laboratory’s President, Dr. Hermann Haller, addressed those attending Eggs & Issues, the Portland (Maine) Chamber of Commerce’s premier breakfast event. As guest speaker, Dr Haller reflected on shaping the scientific future of our beautiful state, and the hard work that MDIBL is engaging in to create world-class education and training opportunities…

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Regeneration

Comparative Biology: Animal Models Strut Their Stuff

  At MDIBL, researchers are particularly focused on the mechanisms of aging and regeneration. Non-mammalian model organisms like C. elegans, zebrafish, African turquoise killifish, and the axolotl regenerate naturally in ways that humans cannot. By decoding the instruction manual for their regenerative abilities, we can develop new strategies to enhance our natural ability to repair…

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Bioinformatics

Cloud Computing 101

There’s a good chance that by now, many of you have heard of “cloud computing.”  You might have even read the recent news about the project carried out by the Maine INBRE Bioinformatics Core under the auspices of the NIH Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative. So what is cloud…

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Education

Courses Already in Full Swing for 2022

Somehow February is already here and we’re proud to say that we’ve already successfully hosted three primarily in-person short courses for Maine INBRE undergraduate students. The year got underway with the University of Maine Honor’s College course “Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease,” which featured faculty from the University of Maine, Dartmouth College, and MDI Biological…

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Kidney Disease

Visiting Scientist Nishad Jayasundara, Ph.D.: Solving the Riddle of the Mysterious Kidney Ailment Plaguing Farmers Around the World

Solving the Riddle of the Mysterious Kidney Ailment Plaguing Farmers Around the World Environmental toxicologist Nishad Jayasundara, Ph.D., had a problem: his team had identified potentially toxic agricultural chemicals in the drinking water of Sri Lankan farmers suffering from a mysterious kidney disease called chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology or CKDu (so named to…

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Environment

MDI Biological Laboratory to Host Environmental Data Fellow

The old adage says that many hands make light work – and during the busy MDIBL summers, we’re thankful for all the hands we can get! The whole community is excited that MDIBL has been selected as a host site 2022 for an Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) Data Management Fellowship. The EDI’s mission focuses on…

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Education

Summer of Fun and Futures: Life in the Haller Lab

Keagan Dunbar and Alyssa Kent are rising seniors, spending their summer in the Haller Lab. Although only half-way through their time on campus, both already say they know it’s an experience of a lifetime. “I’m really happy here,” smiles Keagan, “I’ve learned so much more about the breadth of biomedical sciences and I know my…

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General News

First Annual Statewide Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering

The University of Maine’s Institute of Medicine has announced the First Annual Statewide Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering, planned for October 13 and 14, 2022. MDI Biological Laboratory is proud to partner with the University of Maine, University of New England, Jackson Laboratory, the Roux Institute, Northern Light Healthcare and Maine Health to…

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General News

There is Always Something New: A COVID-19 Update

Dear MDIBL Community, As if the epidemic by itself and the last Delta virus have not been enough, we now have Omicron. This new variant of the virus was first sequenced in South Africa in November and tends to be more contagious than the Delta variant. This by itself is a cause of concern. Although…

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