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…Continue Reading
The Aging Mind: A Team Approach to Understanding the Relationship Between Aging, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
If there is a threat with the potential to overwhelm the health care system on a scale comparable to that of COVID-19, it is Alzheimer’s disease. We are on the brink of an epidemic of this deadly disease: the number of people with Alzheimer’s is expected to more than double by 2050, from 6 million…Continue Reading
Bringing Nerve Regeneration from Tank to Bedside: An Interview With Sandra Rieger, Ph.D.
Sandra Rieger, Ph.D, assistant professor at the MDI Biological Laboratory, discusses how her laboratory is utilizing zebrafish as a model to study wound healing mechanisms and nerve regeneration in patients with peripheral neuropathy in an interview that originally appeared in the online publication, Regenerative Medicine Network.Continue Reading
New Clue from Fish About Healing Spinal Cord Injuries
In this guest post, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, discusses the research of Kenneth D. Poss, Ph.D., a 2016 visiting scientist at the MDI Biological Laboratory, on the regeneration of the spinal cord after injury in zebrafish.Continue Reading
Dream of Regenerating Human Body Parts Gets a Little Closer
Science is getting closer to achieving the dream of being able to restore damage to vital organs, the spinal cord and limbs. MDI Biological Laboratory scientist James Godwin, Ph.D., discusses this progress in an article originally published in “The Conversation,” a news outlet for the academic and research community based in Australia, where Godwin was formerly a research fellow at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI).Continue Reading
The Patient Perspective: How Patient Interaction Helps Laboratory Research
The importance of interaction between patients and researchers is the subject this discussion by MDI Biological Laboratory assistant professor, Sandra Rieger, Ph.D., who is studying chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy using the zebrafish as a research model.Continue Reading
Cool Videos: Regenerating Nerve Fibers
If you enjoy action movies, you can probably think of a superhero—maybe Wolverine?—who can lose a limb in battle, yet grow it right back and keep on going. But could regenerating a lost limb ever happen in real life? In this guest post, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, discusses the how scientists including Sandra Rieger, Ph.D., of the MDI Biological Laboratory are striving to understand how other organisms do this.Continue Reading