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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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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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Meet Our Postdocs: Hyemin Min, Ph.D.

Hyemin is one of the newest postdoctoral researchers to join the MDI Biological Laboratory, arriving in July 2021 to begin her final stage of scientific training. She hails from Seoul, Korea and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at Konkuk University of Korea. Under the guidance of her advisor, Professor Yhong-Hee Shim, she studied the…

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Will You Invest in The Future of Science?

We’re pleased to introduce you to Hyemin Min, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher who joined the MDI Biological Laboratory in July. Working alongside Dr. Dustin Updike, Hyemin studies the development of the reproductive system in C. elegans (a short lived, microscopic worm). Her work is shedding light on the causes of infertility. Hyemin will spend three to five…

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Meet Our Postdocs: Emily Spaulding, Ph.D.

Dr. Emily Spaulding graduated from the University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering in 2019. She joined the MDI Biological Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in the Updike Lab, just two months before the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions began. While her first year at MDI Biological Laboratory was challenging, she highlighted two areas…

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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…

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The Momentum of Summer at MDIBL

Summer is here and never has June’s arrival brought such delight! At the beginning of June we welcomed 29 summer student fellows and the first round of what will be a total of 16 visiting scientists to campus. While every year our seasonal researchers bring an infusion of energy to MDIBL, this year in particular, we feel…

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This Is Why: Joan Mansfield

I spent my summers on Mt. Desert Island as a child, and I loved (and still do!) hiking the island trails and combing the beaches. At the end of high school, I worked at MDIBL for five weeks in the summer of 1969. We worked to extract a nerve substance from starfish legs and used…

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Don and Heather Parker: A Legacy of Giving

Don and Heather Parker’s (pictured left) journey with the MDI Biological Laboratory began when their daughter Laurel was selected to be a high school summer fellow during her junior year. Now, more than two decades later, they are a valued part of the MDI Biological Laboratory community. Long-time annual donors, recently the Parkers became members…

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