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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
Meet Our Postdocs: Marko Pende, Ph.D.
When Prayag Murawala, Ph.D., was recruited as a new faculty member to MDI Biological Laboratory in 2020, it only took a few months for colleague Marko Pende, Ph.D., to follow him to Maine as a postdoctoral researcher. Marko and Prayag collaborated on a paper while they were both completing different stages of their education and…Continue Reading
Making a Mouse More Like an Axolotl: How James Godwin’s Discoveries Are Helping Science ‘Pull the Levers of Regeneration’
Science is now inching closer to the answer thanks to new research by MDI Biological Laboratory scientist James Godwin, Ph.D. Following in the laboratory’s tradition of using comparative biology to gain insights into human health, Godwin has compared the molecular mechanisms governing regeneration in a highly regenerative salamander to those in the mouse, which has…Continue Reading
Limb Regeneration: Fitting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together
“I think of the former state of the field as a puzzle in which the pieces have no pictures. Now, with the molecular and genetic tools in place, it can be thought of as a puzzle with pictures on the pieces, which means that the real work of fitting the pieces together can begin.” Prayag…Continue Reading