MDI Biological Laboratory

Cores and Advisories

A Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant was awarded to the MDI Biological Laboratory in September 2013 through funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Program is part of the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program. This grant builds upon and expands the Institution’s unique scientific expertise, providing support for junior scientists as they establish independent, extramurally funded research programs.



Administrative Core

Center Director: Iain Drummond, Ph.D.
Administrative Core Co-Director: Nadia Rosenthal, Ph.D., F.Med.Sci
Grant Administrator: Kylie Bragdon, Ed.D.

The Administrative Core provides leadership, direction and administrative support for all COBRE activities, including fiscal and scientific core resource management, organization of all meetings, implementation of mentoring plans and program evaluations.

Comparative Animal Models Core

Core Leader: Alexandra Ceurvorst

The Comparative Animal Models (CAM) Core provides diverse vertebrate and invertebrate model system resources and services for COBRE Project Leaders and collaborating scientists.

Comparative Functional Genomics Core

Core Leader: Joel Graber, Ph.D.

The Comparative Functional Genomics (CFG) Core provides critical data management and analysis for COBRE Project Leaders and establishes a novel informatics resource to conduct a systems-level analysis of regeneration and stem cell self-renewal.

Advisory Committees

The Center is supported by an External Advisory Committee comprised of nationally and internationally recognized scientists with broad expertise in tissue repair, regeneration and aging, comparative biology and faculty mentoring and development.

External Advisory Committee (EAC) Members

  • Dr. Brad Yoder – University of Alabama
  • Dr. Denis Deboule – EPFL Switzerland
  • Dr. Robert Shmookler-Reis – University of Arkansas
  • Dr. Neil Hukriede – University of Pittsburgh
  • Eric Stone – Aquatic Enterprises

The Center is further supported by an Internal Advisory Committee comprised of a Davis Center faculty member, an external scientist, and a former member of the MDI Biological Laboratory Board of Trustees.

Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) Members