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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...

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Session with a Scientist: Aric Rogers, Ph.D.

In this Session with a Scientist, we sit down with Aric Rogers, Ph.D., to learn more about the important initiative he’s been working on and to hear the incredible impact donors have on his research.

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Limb Regeneration: Fitting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together

“I think of the former state of the field as a puzzle in which the pieces have no pictures. Now, with the molecular and genetic tools in place, it can be thought of as a puzzle with pictures on the pieces, which means that the real work of fitting the pieces together can begin.” Prayag...

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New Tools Enable Cutting Edge Scientific Advances

In addition to new ways of viewing a living cell, we have also invested in new technologies that provide unprecedented ways to characterize all of the different cell types and cell states that are involved in the process of cell development, during the evolution of a disease state, and during regeneration after injury. Known as...

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MDI Biological Laboratory welcomes Prayag Murawala, Ph.D.

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This is Why: Elisabeth Marnik, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher

“The research and education we do here is so important for future generations, and I’m glad I can be part of it.” Elisabeth Marnik, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher Elisabeth says that being at the MDI Biological Laboratory has given her the opportunity to not only conduct and publish really exciting research, but she’s had the chance...

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MDIBL celebrates promotion of Dustin Updike, Ph.D., to Associate Professor

“You can’t overstate the effect that walking to work through this beautiful campus has on your well-being.  It clears your head and prepares you to do the best science possible.” Dustin Updike, Ph.D. The MDIBL community recently came together to celebrate the promotion of Dustin Updike, Ph.D., to Associate Professor. In the seven years that...

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Attracting Students from Around the Globe

Course offers extensive laboratory training The MDI Biological Laboratory’s Applications of Organoid Technology course, held in May for the second consecutive year, is the only course in the world offering extensive laboratory training in making organoids. “Our course is called ‘Applications of Organoid Technology’ for a reason,” said course director Hugo de Jonge, Ph.D., a...

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Restoring the Ability to Repair and Regenerate As We Age

“If everything regenerated, there would be no death.” Richard J. Goss, Ph.D.Principles of Regeneration Richard J. Goss, Ph.D., author of Principles of Regeneration, was a visiting scientist at the MDI Biological Laboratory in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. But is the statement that there would be no death if everything regenerated correct? The zebrafish,...

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