MDI Biological Laboratory

This is Why Your Gift Matters

  • April 6, 2023

Growing up in rural Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Gabie Johnson never imagined her fascination with the axolotl, a salamander with amazing regenerative abilities, would lead her to a science career in Bar Harbor. Now a graduate student in the lab of MDI Bio Lab scientist Dr. James Godwin, Johnson is working to develop regenerative therapies that may one day benefit humans.

Watch the below video to learn more about how Gabriela Johnson went on to become a University of Maine Ph.D. candidate based at MDIBL, and her groundbreaking research with axolotl. 

Since its beginning 125 years ago, the MDI Bio Lab has been rooted in a spirit of collaboration and mentorship. This unique scientific community provides an ideal environment where young scientists like Gabie Johnson can flourish.

“I love that MDI Bio Lab is a small community. You can share ideas, get a lot of feedback and learn about different aspects of regeneration and aging. Everyone is very accessible and open. It’s one benefit of being a small organization. Even as we’re expanding, we remain a tight-knit community.”

YOUR support ensures that this tradition of hands-on mentoring continues to thrive, and provides our scientists and students with the tools they need to succeed. Learn more about how your generosity can sustain the people and programs at the heart of the Bio Lab.