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Aging

New Research by Aric Rogers, Ph.D., Sheds Light on the Effects of Dietary Restriction on Muscle Tissue

Consider the following scenarios: In the first, a thin young woman who exercises excessively develops athletic amenorrhea, or stops menstruating, rendering her incapable of bearing children. In the second, a sedentary, overweight girl undergoes menarche at a precociously early age. Aric N. Rogers, Ph.D., who studies aging at the MDI Biological Laboratory, believes these scenarios…

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Education

Sharing MDIBL Career to Inspire Young Scientists

Held virtually this year, Karlee was one of three Maine scientists chosen to share, via video, a bit about what life science is, the variety of jobs within the industry, about MDI Biological Laboratory, and what her day-to-day job looks like. She also wrote the below blog to give more insight how she came to…

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Biotechnology

Visiting Scientist Brett Keiper, Ph.D.: Taking the Time for Creative Inspiration

Everyone is familiar with bursts of creative inspiration in which ideas are teeming, connections between disparate subjects are made and solutions to seemingly intractable problems are revealed. But it’s rare for such moments to come out of the blue. Often, they are fostered by an inspirational setting, a culture of knowledge-sharing and the time to…

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General News

This Is Why: Chuck Dinsmore, Ph.D.

From serving as a full professor at the School of Medicine and in the Graduate College, a part of Rush University at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, to teaching high school biology at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Maine, to sharing his knowledge as a Maine Master Naturalist at the Hidden Valley Nature Center —…

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Regeneration

Who Is Coming to the Regeneration Party?

MDI Biological Laboratory scientist, James Godwin, Ph.D., who studies heart and limb regeneration in the axolotl, a highly regenerative Mexican salamander, likes to compare the process of regeneration that takes place at the site of an injury to a party. Over the course of his career, he has identified who comes to the regeneration party…

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Aging

Meet Our Postdocs: Dilawar Mir, Ph.D.

The pull of C. elegans drew Dilawar Mir, Ph.D. to the Rogers Lab at the MDI Biological Laboratory for his postdoctoral research. Born and raised in the Kashmir Valley, Mir earned his Ph.D. from Alagappa University in India in 2019. His graduate research focused on understanding host-pathogen interactions in the context of the whole organism;…

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Kidney Disease

Visiting Scientist Gert Fricker, Ph.D.: Taking Some Lessons in Toughness from a Hardy Local Fish

Anyone who has spent time at the MDI Biological Laboratory in the summer over the last 35 years has probably seen Gert Fricker, Ph.D., a visiting scientist from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, with a graduate student or two, collecting Atlantic killifish (Fundalus heteroclitus) from Northeast Creek, a tidal estuary near the laboratory’s campus…

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Aging

Meet Our Postdocs: Zhengxin Ma, Ph.D.

Zhengxin first encountered C. elegans during her graduate studies at the University of Florida, where she earned a M.S. in animal nutrition and a Ph.D. in animal microbiology, studying how to mitigate antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. She used the model to test the toxicity of bacterial toxins and chemicals and was hooked. When it came time to…

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Aging

Meet Our Postdocs: Jun-Yeong Lee, Ph.D.

During Dr. Jun-Yeong Lee’s graduate career at Seoul National University, he discovered genes in a species of lactic acid bacteria that are responsible for preventing infection in animals, such as livestock. After completing his Ph.D., Jun-Yeong wanted to expand his knowledge of data mining and big data analysis,  and shift his focus to mammals instead…

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