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Visiting Scientist Nishad Jayasundara, Ph.D.: Solving the Riddle of the Mysterious Kidney Ailment Plaguing Farmers Around the World

Solving the Riddle of the Mysterious Kidney Ailment Plaguing Farmers Around the World Environmental toxicologist Nishad Jayasundara, Ph.D., had a problem: his team had identified potentially toxic agricultural chemicals in the drinking water of Sri Lankan farmers suffering from a mysterious kidney disease called chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology or CKDu (so named to…

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Visiting Scientist Gert Fricker, Ph.D.: Taking Some Lessons in Toughness from a Hardy Local Fish

Anyone who has spent time at the MDI Biological Laboratory in the summer over the last 35 years has probably seen Gert Fricker, Ph.D., a visiting scientist from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, with a graduate student or two, collecting Atlantic killifish (Fundalus heteroclitus) from Northeast Creek, a tidal estuary near the laboratory’s campus…

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Research by Iain Drummond, Ph.D., Brings Science Closer to Kidney Replacement Tissue

Each of the body’s approximately one million nephrons, the functional units of the kidney, contains a glomerulus, or a cluster of blood vessels where filtration takes place. The membranes of the glomeruli are lined with specialized cells called podocytes, which have tiny, foot-like projections (podo means “having a foot” in Latin) that protrude into the…

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Aric Rogers, Ph.D., promoted to Associate Professor

The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory is pleased to announce the promotion of Aric Rogers, Ph.D., to Associate Professor, effective January 10, 2021. Rogers joined the MDI Biological Laboratory as an Assistant Professor in early 2013. He and his research team are working to understand not only how dietary restriction works to increase health and…

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MDI Biological Laboratory welcomes Prayag Murawala, Ph.D.

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Walking in Support of Huntington’s Disease

In this post, MDI Biological Laboratory scientist Aric Rogers, Ph.D., discusses his participation in a recent walk in support of Huntington’s disease. Photo caption (left to right): Marc Letendre, Nancy Patterson, Aric Rogers, Ph.D. 

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Nonhealing Wounds: An Under-Recognized and Growing Threat to Public Health

MDI Biological Laboratory Assistant Professor Vicki P. Losick, Ph.D., who studies wound healing in the fruit fly, discusses the under-recognized public health threat of chronic non-healing wounds, which have been called a “silent epidemic.”

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Construction Underway on New Training Laboratory: 6,500-Square-Foot Facility Will More Than Triple Training Space

Construction is underway on a new 6,560-square-foot training laboratory building that will more than triple the MDI Biological Laboratory’s dedicated training space. The expansion of the training infrastructure will allow for an increase from 350 to 500 in the number of students and teachers receiving hands-on training in biomedical research annually. The new building is…

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