Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences

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Biochemist, physicist team to see antibacterial TCS deform mitochondria

Grocery shopping can be an illuminating chore for a toxicologist. Julie Gosse, a University of Maine associate professor of molecular and biomedical sciences, has scanned the supermarket aisles for products that contain triclosan (TCS), a synthetic antibacterial agent. Since the ’90s, TCS has been in a slew of consumer products, including facial cleansers, toothpaste, mouthwash […]

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Student spotlight: Christian Zwirner

Hometown: Windham, Maine Christian Zwirner is a biochemistry major and Spanish minor. The former president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will graduate in December 2018. The Senior Skull vice president’s research in Rob Wheeler’s lab focused on the fungus Candida albicans, which annually causes several thousand deaths due to hospital-acquired infection. He won the Frederick […]

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UMaine’s 216th Commencement is May 12

More than 1,650 students, including 34 doctoral degree candidates, are expected to participate in the University of Maine’s 216th Commencement on May 12 in Harold Alfond Sports Arena on campus. UMaine Commencement will be held in two ceremonies, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies are ticketed events and live streaming will be available. Tips for attending Commencement, […]

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Undergraduate, graduate students receive awards at 2018 Student Symposium

More than 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students presented their work during the third annual University of Maine Student Symposium held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on April 17. The free public event, which was organized by UMaine Graduate Student Government and the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) as part of Maine Impact Week, […]

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College names Greco, Nguyen, Wood 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Students

Three graduating seniors were recognized for their outstanding achievements during their time at UMaine at the college’s annual Celebration of Excellence on April 18. The college also honored eight graduate students and three faculty members at the event. Callie Greco, Frank B. & Charles S. Bickford Memorial Prize Callie is an honors biology major who […]

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College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture names outstanding student and faculty award winners

The University of Maine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture honored 24 undergraduate students for academic excellence, as well as eight graduate students and three faculty members at its annual celebration of excellence on Wednesday, April 18 at the University of Maine’s Wells Conference Center. Undergraduate student award recipients are: Frank B. & Charles […]

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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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New faculty: Jennifer Newell-Caito

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture brought a wealth of experience and expertise to its community when it welcomed new faculty this fall. 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 Jennifer Newell-Caito to […]

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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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