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MINOTA 2020 – a change of direction

Transcriptome-profiling is the primary means by which researchers characterize what is happening at the molecular level.  When a transcriptome profile is generated for a sample, it tells us which genes are active (being expressed) and at what amount.  Comparing profiles among samples allows us to identify genes, and importantly the biological processes that are varying...

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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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Part III: Meet the Computational Biology Core

(Read part one or part two of the series.)  For this entry into our ongoing discussion of the MDI Biological Laboratory Computational Biology Core, I want to take a step back and, rather than talk about the specifics of the science, instead talk about who we are, what we do, and why it is so...

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From Debris to Art – SC School for the Blind

“From Debris to Art” was a program created through MDIBL’s Art Meets Science initiative and made possible by the generous support of the Onion Foundation. The project encourages participants to collect marine debris, log their observations and actively engage their creativity to create a unique piece of personal artwork. You can read more about the...

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Strong Mentor-Mentee Relationships Have Long Lasting Effects

During College years, having a dedicated and caring mentor can make a huge difference in a student’s success and passion for learning their chosen subject. If well matched, there can be true symbiosis, where both parties gain positive outcomes. For former INBRE* student Lydia Tilley and INBRE Investigator Larry Feinstein, Ph.D., this seems to have...

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Student Spotlight: Ratna Sharma

Ratna Sharma is the first to agree that her actual summer looked vastly different to the one she had planned. The rising senior had carefully researched, collated and applied for the summer experiences she wanted to participate in – even going the extra mile, personally reaching out to Dr. Aric Rogers, who she wished to...

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This is Why: The Fundamental Importance of Science

Recently, the relevance of MDI president, Dr. Hermann Haller’s own research on glycocalyx, the dense layer of sugars, proteins and lipids that cover every cell in our body, took on unexpected relevance in the fight against COVID-19.

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MDI Biological Laboratory Gets Children Involved Through Citizen Science

  So far, schools in the program have collected 1,200 samples and 15% of them have had higher than recommended levels of arsenic (the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety level is 10 parts per billion).  “All About Arsenic” aims to build scientific literacy and interest, and to show school-aged children that as citizen scientists they can...

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The Josephine A. Sollano Graduate Student Fellowship: Supporting Students and Advancing Scientific Discovery

“I wanted to do something to help our early-career faculty and at the same time support meaningful educational experiences for students…” Jo Sollano, M.P.H, Dr.P.H In 1995, Jo Sollano was a graduate student at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. “I remember working really long hours for very little pay and feeling tremendous pressure...

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