INBRE and MDI Biological Laboratory will host a weekend retreat for graduate students enrolled in GSBSE – UMaine’s graduate school of biomedical science and engineering – beginning on Friday evening, October 28 through Sunday October 30. The event will include networking time, sharing science and training programs, as well as a workshop on resilience in science.Continue reading →
The 8th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) will be held virtually December 12-14, 2022, from 1:30 to 9 pm ET. NISBRE is the national scientific meeting showcasing the scientific and training accomplishments of the NIGMS IDeA program. Poster abstracts will be accepted via electronic submission until November 25, 2022. Awards nominations are to be emailed by November 25.
Over 170 students, postdoctoral fellows, and scientists are registered to attend what is believed to be the oldest and largest gathering of life science practitioners in the state. The event features scientists from the MDI Biological Laboratory, The Jackson Laboratory, The Roux Institute, IDEXX and Maine’s academic institutions.
The 49th annual Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS) is a state-wide gathering of scientists and students—an opportunity to share research results, exchange ideas, promote collaboration, and network with Maine scientists in a variety of disciplines. This year’s event will take place April 22-23. The Keynote Speaker is Connie Cepko, Ph.D., Bullard Professor of Genetics and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.
Registrations close March 25, 2022.Continue reading →
The first Maine IDeA Meeting was organized by INBRE Director Dr. James Coffman and took place on August 13 via zoom. The PIs from the COBREs at the University of New England (UNE), Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI), and the MDI Biological Laboratory (MDIBL); the Northern New England Clinical & Translational Research (NNE-CTR) at MMCRI (and the University of Vermont); and INBRE shared updates on their programs and explored ways to collaborate and enhance their research.
See more about the IDeA programs in Maine here.
INBRE: Dr. James Coffman, MDI Biological Laboratory
NNE-CTR: Dr. Clifford Rosen, MMCRI; Dr. Thomas Gridley, Program Coordinator
COBRE at MDIBL: Dr. Iain Drummond
COBRE at UNE: Dr. Ian Meng
COBREs at MMCRI: Dr. Lucy Liaw, Dr. Douglas Sawyer, Dr. Thomas Gridley, Program CoordinatorContinue reading →
Online NCBI Bioinformatics Workshops
Sept. 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th
The Maine INBRE Bioinformatics Core and Maine Genomics Research Collaborative is co-hosting a series of these four online NCBI Workshops:
1. An Update on NCBI BLAST and Other Sequence Analysis Tools – Tues., Sept. 22nd from 2-5pm.
2. NCBI Resources for Animal and Plant Genomics Research – Wed., Sept. 23rd from 2-5pm.
3. NCBI Resources for Pathogen (Bacteria & Virus) Genomics Research – Tues., Sept. 29th from 2-5pm.
4. NCBI Resources for Gene Expression and Genetic Variation Research – Tues., Sept. 30th from 2-5pm.
These workshops will be given by NCBI Staff who include Drs. Wayne Madden, Peter Cooper, and Rena Morris.
You may register for any or all of the free workshops. Links to register for each of the workshops are listed in the workshop descriptions in the PDF document below. These workshops are jointly hosted by Maine INBRE and Colorado State University.
If you have any questions, please contact Benjamin King (email@example.com) at the University of Maine.
Benjamin L. King, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics
Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences
5735 Hitchner Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5735
Staples Lectureship at UMaine: Dr. David Bartel (MIT), November 15-16, 2018
Molecular and Biomedical Sciences @ UMaine will be hosting
Dr. David Bartel
Professor of Biology, MIT
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
National Academy of Sciences (2011)
for a Staples Lectureship (2 research seminars and 1 public lecture)
From Dr. Bartel’s website:
“We study RNA. A major focus is on microRNAs (miRNAs), which are ~22-nt RNAs that specify gene repression by pairing to messenger RNAs (mRNAs) of protein-coding genes. We also investigate other types of short RNAs and the proteins that either make short RNAs or use them to silence gene expression. Another focus is on mRNAs, with particular interest in their untranslated regions and tails, and how these regions recruit and mediate regulatory phenomena. Our experimental approaches include 1) evolutionary and computational analyses, e.g., showing that most human genes are regulated by miRNAs, 2) high-throughput molecular measurements, e.g., showing that mammalian miRNAs predominantly act to destabilize their mRNA targets, 3) detailed biochemical analyses, e.g., revealing molecular mechanisms of RNA-silencing components, and 4) phenotypic analyses, e.g., revealing biological functions of particular miRNA:target interactions, including interactions important for preventing human cancers.”
Selected Recent Publications:
Kleaveland B, Shi CY, Stefano J, Bartel DP. 2018 A Network of Noncoding Regulatory RNAs Acts in the Mammalian Brain. Cell 174(2):350-362.e17. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.05.022. Epub 2018 Jun 7. PMID: 29887379
Bartel DP, 2018 Metazoan MicroRNAs. Cell 173(1):20-51. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.03.006. Review. PMID: 29570994
Wu X, Bartel DP, 2017 Widespread Influence of 3′-End Structures on Mammalian mRNA Processing and Stability. Cell. May 18;169(5):905-917.e11. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.04.036
Guo, J.U. and D.P. Bartel. 2016. RNA G-quadruplexes are globally unfolded in eukaryotic cells and depleted in bacteria. Science 353:aaf5371.
Agarwal, V., G.W. Bell, J-W. Nam and D.P. Bartel. 2015. Predicting effective microRNA target sites in mammalian mRNAs. eLife 4:e05005.
Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall
University of Maine
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The 7th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) is now open for registration. The NISBRE is a national scientific meeting to showcase the scientific and training accomplishments of the IDeA program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The IDeA program develops scientific centers of excellence and trains biomedical scientists in the IDeA eligible states.
The meeting program includes high-level scientific presentations, enthusiastic participants, and a friendly atmosphere that promotes opportunities for open discussions and exchange of ideas on science and training. The agenda includes plenary presentations, keynote presentations in varied areas of scientific investigation, poster presentations of IDeA scientists, discussion forums and workshops. The workshops are designed so that the attendees acquire either new scientific or career skills. These exciting sessions have been included based on the high positive evaluations from the last three meetings.
The registration deadline is May 20.
There is limited availability at the conference hotel and the organizers encourage everyone to book early.
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C.
2660 Woodley Rd NW Washington, D.C.
Click here to reserve your room
Rate: $249 – $285.85/night including taxes ($36.85/night taxes 14.8%)
For agenda and more information: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/nisbre/533144/Continue reading →
The MDI Biological Laboratory Summer Student Symposium showcases summer student fellows’ research. The symposium is designed to bring student researchers across our various laboratories together to present their research through interactive presentations and posters. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will open in July.Continue reading →