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2022 Visiting Scientists Arrive at MDIBL

Dr. Augustin is Professor of Vascular Biology at the Medical Faculty Mannheim of Heidelberg University and Founding Director of the European Center of Angioscience. He will be at MDIBL from April 18-21 for an initial visit with Dr. Hermann Haller and other MDIBL faculty. Dr. Augustin’s research interests are focused primarily on identifying the molecular…

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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 Brett Keiper, Ph.D.: Taking the Time for Creative Inspiration

Everyone is familiar with bursts of creative inspiration in which ideas are teeming, connections between disparate subjects are made and solutions to seemingly intractable problems are revealed. But it’s rare for such moments to come out of the blue. Often, they are fostered by an inspirational setting, a culture of knowledge-sharing and the time 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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The Momentum of Summer at MDIBL

Summer is here and never has June’s arrival brought such delight! At the beginning of June we welcomed 29 summer student fellows and the first round of what will be a total of 16 visiting scientists to campus. While every year our seasonal researchers bring an infusion of energy to MDIBL, this year in particular, we feel…

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This Is Why: Jaspreet Kohli

MDI Biological Laboratory’s summer fellowship programs strive to offer a well-rounded, unique research experience for students. Working on real-world, meaningful science alongside avid and invested mentors, and the chance to make long-lasting friendships in a stunning coastal location, make a summer at MDIBL what it is: a fun, educational, memorable, and in many cases, a…

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This Is Why: Volunteer Doug Heden

Doug Heden and his wife, Becky, first came to know the MDI Biological Laboratory through our Science Café presentations. As an engineer in a science-oriented family, Doug says he finds the cafés educational, entertaining and discussion-provoking. Over the years, the Hedens’ involvement with MDIBL has grown; attending more events and joining the Star Point Society…

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Women In Science Day 2021 – Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen

To mark Women in Science Day on February 11, 2021, we’re sharing the stories of female scientists, past and present, at the MDI Biological Laboratory. Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen: ‘In Spite of It All, We Got Our Results’ Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen, D.D.S., Ph.D. (1918-2015), was a comparative physiologist and former MDI Biological Laboratory board president whose…

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How safe is your water? MDIBL talks arsenic with Voice of Maine Radio

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