Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences

Maine Public reports on UMaine research that links flu, muscle damage

Maine Public reported University of Maine researchers say they have uncovered another reason to get a flu shot — especially for those with muscle disorders. Michelle Goody, an assistant research professor in the School of Biology and Ecology, spearheaded the research project while earning her Ph.D. in biomedical science at UMaine. Clarissa Henry, an associate […]

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Goody finds flu ravages muscles of zebrafish with muscular dystrophy

This time of year, doctors often recommend flu shots for people who are young, old, pregnant or immunocompromised. Michelle Goody suggests adding people with muscular dystrophy to the list. After the University of Maine research assistant professor injected the flu virus into the bloodstream of zebrafish with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), damage to their muscles […]

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Drew Brooks: Microbiology, music double major on track for medical school

Drew Brooks, a microbiology and music double major from Lyman, Maine, came to the University of Maine with a goal of becoming a medical doctor. As a sophomore, Brooks already has been accepted to Tufts University School of Medicine through the Maine Track Early Assurance program. Born of a partnership between Tufts and Maine Medical Center (MMC) […]

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New Faculty: Benjamin King

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture brought a wealth of experience and expertise to its community when it welcomed new faculty this year. Over the next few months we will feature new faculty to help you get acquainted with these new members of our community. Please join us in welcoming Benjamin King as […]

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Three undergraduates gain early admission to Tufts University School of Medicine

Three University of Maine undergraduates have received early acceptance to Tufts University School of Medicine through the Maine Track Early Assurance program. Trevor Morin, a microbiology major from Scarborough, Maine; Drew Brooks, a microbiology and music double major from Lyman, Maine; and Austin Steward, a bioengineering major and Honors College student from Colebrook, New Hampshire, […]

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Sequencing reveals how Porphyra thrives in a tough environment

Sequencing of the nuclear genome of Porphyra umbilicalis — laver or Atlantic nori — has revealed insights into how the bangiophyte red algae have thrived for over a billion years in the harshest environmental conditions — the pounding waves, baking sun and drying winds of the intertidal zone. An international research team of 50 scientists […]

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King to teach comparative regenerative biology in Bar Harbor

Benjamin King, assistant professor of bioinformatics, will be a member of the faculty at REGEN 2017, a new signature course in Comparative Regenerative Biology, from July 29 to Aug. 12, at MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor. REGEN 2017 will include an Aug. 4–6 symposium titled “Learning from Nature: Comparative Biology of Tissue Regeneration and […]

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Smith’s gene research wins at symposium

Sarai Smith, a third-year microbiology and biochemistry double major in the University of Maine Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences and the Honors College took the top undergraduate presentation title at the University of Maine Student Symposium. Smith, of Amesbury, Massachusets, competed alongside over 1,200 graduate and undergraduate students at the public showcase of UMaine student research […]

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College names its 2017 Outstanding Graduate Students

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture at the University of Maine honored eight graduate students for their exemplary achievements during a banquet on April 26. The invitation-only event attracted over 400 university students, staff and friends. These outstanding students include: Brianne Du Clos, The Norris Charles Clements Graduate Student Award The Norris Charles […]

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Emily Illingworth: Fearless fortitude

What is the key to success? Emily Illingworth might say it is failure. Even when failure seems as likely an outcome as success, Illingworth is not afraid to reach. She sees failure as an opportunity to learn and grow, and her many achievements at the University of Maine are a result of this fearlessness and […]

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