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Archive for: Microscopy

What Philanthropy Makes Possible

On a summer night in July, Dr. Bob Morris led a group of special guests, including Kingsley Society and Star Point Society members, through a series of colorful food courses and experiments at MDIBL’s A Taste for Science event, which focused on the importance of color in food and its role in scientific research. For…

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Beyond the Naked Eye

My interest in microscopy started when I was young – I loved small critters like bugs, worms, and all manner of things you can find under a rock. My grandfather sent us a small microscope to use, and I spent hours looking at my little treasures with it. As I got older, I developed a…

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Excited about light

Were you to walk into the Training Lab at MDI B​iological L​aboratory this week, you probably wouldn’t recognize the scene: leading manufacturers such as Nikon and Leica have brought the latest in computer-aided microscopes and analysis tools for imaging very small cells in living and non-living systems ​to our campus. After a two-year hiatus, we’re…

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MDIBL Welcomes Future Biotech Leaders to Campus

The Roux Institute, located in Portland, ME, is a division of Northeastern University that specializes in educating graduate level students in advanced technologies for a changing world. Launched in 2020 in conjunction with prominent tech entrepreneur David Roux, the Roux Institute and the larger Northeastern network aim to create graduates who are ready for, and…

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The Maine INBRE in its 22nd Year – Looking Back and Ahead

As the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (ME-INBRE) enters its 22nd year (and the fourth of the current five-year funding cycle) it is exciting to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and how we are positioned to further augment and expand biomedical research excellence in Maine. This National Institutes of Health (NIGMS) funded Institutional…

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Take a Closer Look: Microscopy at MDIBL

Over the last few years, the MDI Biological Laboratory has heavily invested in the LMF, primarily with the with support of the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant. INBRE, which aims to build research capacity in states that have historically received lower levels of funding,  is a collaborative network of Maine educational…

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The Beauty of Science

Marko Pende, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Murawala lab, was awarded an honorable mention in the 2021 international ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest for his image, called “Axolotl Soup.” It shows live imaging of different cell populations labelled with fluorescent transgenic reporter signals in juvenile axolotls. Microscopy is often the place where the boundaries between…

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Better Imaging Makes for Better Understanding

After completing his doctorate, Bonnet continued honing his live image microscopy skills at the Biotechnology Center (BIOTECH) at Technische Universität Dresden in Germany before joining MDIBL in mid-2019. In the 2 years since, Bonnet has driven the improvement and growth of the LMF, the focus always being getting the faculty what they need to do…

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