Freeport resident Samuel Broadbent’s first exposure to the advanced gene-editing technology called “CRISPR” came during an INBRE short course for College of the Atlantic undergraduates. That fired an ongoing interest in the science of developmental biology.
“I find development to be particularly fascinating, how we go from a single cell to an entire organism,” he says. Today Broadbent continues to pursue his passion at the MDI Biological Lab, where most recently he has been training to use a truly state-of-the-art 3D “light sheet” microscope that the Lab just constructed – one of only 20 like it in the world. “The Lab has an amazing variety of tools which are really unique, like this microscope,” Broadbent says. “There are a lot of techniques and technologies at this institution that you can’t necessarily get working at other labs. I think that’s a big advantage for me, going forward as a young scientist, an aspiring scientist.”
And those tools are at the service of science-hungry learners all over Maine, from high schoolers to senior researchers, thanks to the collaborative network of 14 educational and research institutions that comprise INBRE in Maine. The network provides them the advanced tools, training, and research experience they need to fully participate in today’s biotech revolution. Over the last decade, INBRE has trained and provided research experiences to thousands of Mainers. Ninety percent of them have pursued post-graduate degrees or careers in health-related fields, and 21% are earning advanced degrees here in Maine.
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