Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences

CUGR names 2018–2020 undergraduate research assistants

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has named the 2018–2020 Faculty Fellows Assistants. The CUGR Faculty Fellows Program supports faculty efforts toward improving undergraduate research mentoring skills, expanding curricula to include research and scholarship experiences, and developing proposals for further funding specifically involving undergraduate students. Each CUGR Fellow is provided $1,100 to […]

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CUGR announces 2018–2019 academic year fellowship winners

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has announced the recipients of the 2018–2019 Academic Year Research and Creative Activities Fellowships. The fellowships were developed to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty-mentored research. Each fellowship provides a $1,100 award for the student to help cover costs of the project. Funding for […]

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2018 Staples Lecturer in Biochemistry to speak Nov. 15–16

David Bartel of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Howard Hughes Medical Institute will visit the University of Maine Nov. 15–16 as the 2018 Staples Lecturer in Biochemistry. The Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences will host Bartel, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a leader in the study […]

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Student spotlight: Grace Smith

Meet Grace Smith of Holden, Maine, who was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina and moved to Maine at age 8. This summer, the junior molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry double major with a minor in computer science, who also is in the Honors College, interned at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in […]

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King’s research finds new genetic regulators for regeneration, media report

ScienceDaily, EurekAlert and Medical Xpress published a news release from the MDI Biological Laboratory about new research on regeneration by scientists at the laboratory and the University of Maine. Benjamin King, an assistant professor of bioinformatics at UMaine and co-lead researcher, identified genetic material previously thought to be useless as having a role in regulating […]

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UMaine researchers receive NIH grant to study flu virus, AP reports

The Associated Press reported a team of researchers at the University of Maine received a grant for more than $430,000 from the National Institutes of Health to study immune system responses to the influenza virus. The research will be used to develop new treatments for the flu, following the worst flu season in Maine in […]

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Gosse interviewed for Healthline article on triclosan

Healthline interviewed Julie Gosse, an associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Maine, for an article on triclosan and its effects on health. Triclosan is an antibacterial ingredient commonly occurring in cosmetics, clothing, kitchenware and other products. The FDA has banned it from some soaps and body washes, since the ingredient is not effective […]

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MedicalXpress publishes UMaine release on regenerative tissue database

MedicalXpress carried a University of Maine news release about a new database for regenerative tissue capabilities in animals, created by researchers at UMaine and the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor. The Comparative Models of Regeneration Database, or RegenDbase, can be used by researchers to compare gene expression patterns between animals with different regeneration capacities. […]

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Wheeler probes how potentially lethal fungal infection eludes body’s defenses

Rob Wheeler is engrossed with a generally harmless fungus that naturally lives in and on people, but also can cause disease and death. For 16 years, the University of Maine associate professor of microbiology has been unraveling the mysteries of the fungus Candida albicans. The National Institutes of Health recently awarded Wheeler a three-year $428,429 […]

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