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This Is Why: Jaspreet Kohli

MDI Biological Laboratory’s summer fellowship programs strive to offer a well-rounded, unique research experience for students. Working on real-world, meaningful science alongside avid and invested mentors, and the chance to make long-lasting friendships in a stunning coastal location, make a summer at MDIBL what it is: a fun, educational, memorable, and in many cases, a…

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How chronic stress undermines the immune system: a new piece in the puzzle

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Part I: Computational Biology is vital to modern research

But what exactly is it and why does science need it? The typical interpretation of this figure is that the arrows represent the “flow of information”: that DNA is capable of self-replication (represented by the circular arrow); that the information stored in DNA is activated by first being transcribed to RNA (resulting in an RNA…

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Bruce S. McEwen (1938-2020): Understanding the Biology and Health Effects of Psychosocial Stress

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Sea Urchin Regeneration May Help Us Understand Aging

This guest post from “Biomedical Beat,” the blog of the National Institute for General Medical Sciences, describes research by a team led by Andrea Bodnar, Ph.D., of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and including James A. Coffman, Ph.D., of the MDI Biological Laboratory on the fountain-of-youth characteristics of sea urchins and what they can tell us about human aging.

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James A. Coffman, Ph.D., Discusses How Stress Experienced During Early Development Programs Adult Disease Risk in Webinar

MDI Biological Laboratory scientist James A. Coffman, Ph.D., discusses his research on how chronic stress experienced during early development epigenetically programs adult disease risk in a live webinar sponsored by Neurology Central, an online publication based in the United Kingdom.

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A Biomedical Rationale for Having Strong Social Safety Nets

MDI Biological Laboratory Associate Professor James A. Coffman, Ph.D., discusses how susceptibility to disease is determined epigenetically — that is, by environmental influences that affect the developmental and physiological regulation of gene activity.

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Q&A with James A. Coffman, Ph.D.: Early-Life Stress in Adult Illness

In this Q&A from Future Neurology, MDI Biological Laboratory Associate Professor James A. Coffman, Ph.D., talks about his research on the mechanisms by which chronic early-life stress increases the risk of disease in adulthood.

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Zebrafish May Hold the Answer to Why Early-Life Stress Can Make You Sick When You’re an Adult

In her “Catching Health” blog, freelance health and wellness writer Diane Atwood discusses research by MDI Biological Laboratory scientist James A. Coffman, Ph.D., on how exposure to stress early in life can lead to adult disease.

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