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  • Former Maine INBRE Director Patricia Hand Honored

    Former Maine INBRE Director Patricia Hand Honored
    Patricia Hand, Ph.D., was presented with the 2024 W. Fred Taylor Award on February 26, 2024 for outstanding contributions to the National Institutes of Health’s Institutional Development Award program (IDeA). The award, presented by the independent EPSCor/IDeA Foundation, honors the commitment and service of W. Fred Taylor, Ph.D., a founding director of the IDeA program, which is administered by the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Hand was instrumental in the success of the program’s mission to expand opportunities for students, young faculty and institutions in states and territories that had historically seen low levels of biomedical research funding. ...
  • Open FOA: Funding Available for Research / Pilot Projects in Maine

    The Maine INBRE currently invites applications for three types of project awards: Research Projects; stand-alone Pilot Projects; and Collaborative Pilot Projects. Investigator and institutional eligibility, duration, and scope for each of the three types of awards are described in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Funding decisions will be based on the scientific merit of the proposed research and the ability to involve students in significant, innovative biomedical and data science research. Applications Due 2/2/2024; Potential Start Date: 5/1/2024 These funding opportunities are available to qualified faculty at the following undergraduate institutions in Maine: Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby Colleges; College of the Atlantic; ...
  • Newsletter: Maine INBRE News – August 2023

    Read our August 2023 newsletter here!
  • Summer Courses Wrap Up with Microscopy in Focus for Maine INBRE Students

    Summer Courses Wrap Up with Microscopy in Focus for Maine INBRE Students
    Students and young science faculty from all around Maine converged on MDI Bio Lab’s campus this month for an intensive 10-day course in the use of the most modern microscopy of the day.  “When I started out I thought I knew all about microscopes: you adjust the lens, you look through light. And you see,” says Seth Ashby, a rising junior studying microbiology at UMaine Orono. “But what I didn’t realize, and almost every student I think would agree with this, is how little we actually knew about microscopy.” That knowledge gap was amply filled, Ashby says, by the daily lectures and ...
  • Omics Training Available Now Through Maine INBRE-NIGMS (NIH)

    Omics Training Available Now Through Maine INBRE-NIGMS (NIH)
    The NIGMS is offering free access to their new Sandbox platform through Maine INBRE. Access includes 12 analysis training modules in different -omics areas, image analysis and data science, as well as access to the computational infrastructure to complete the training. Contact Bioinformatics Core Co-Director Joel Graber (gro.lbidmnull@rebargj) ASAP to apply for a slot! NIH/NIGMS Cloud Learning Modules. This repository aims to teach students, researchers, and clinicians, among others, how to utilize the power of cloud technology for the benefit of life sciences applications and research. Types of data used across the modules include but are not limited to genomics, methylomics, transcriptomics, ...
  • Dr. Timothy Breton Awarded $551,000 NSF Grant

    Dr. Timothy Breton Awarded $551,000 NSF Grant
    Former Maine INBRE project leader Dr. Timothy Breton (University of Maine at Farmington) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support studies that are a continuation of his INBRE-funded research. The $551,559  project is jointly funded by the Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics Program of BIO-Integrative Organismal Systems and the Established Program to Support Competitive Research (EPSCoR) at NSF. “This work directly stemmed from my prior INBRE award and is a continuation of the project”, said Dr. Breton. “(The award) is in no small part thanks to the INBRE awards and support for UMaine Farmington that served as the ...
  • Former Colby INBRE Student Authors Paper in Scientific Reports Journal

    Former Colby INBRE Student Authors Paper in Scientific Reports Journal
    Colby College graduate Laura Drepanos (B.A., 2023, Computational Biology) is the first author of a paper recently published in the journal Scientific Reports, describing findings from her undergraduate research. The article, Loss of Krüppel-like factor 9 deregulates both physiological gene expression and development, presents research related to the function of a biomedically important, stress responsive transcription factor, Krüppel-like factor 9 (Klf9). Drepanos’ participation in Colby’s January 2021 INBRE short course on RNA-seq data analysis sparked an interest in independent research. She was awarded an INBRE undergraduate research fellowship during the summer of 2021, during which she was co-mentored by Drs. ...
  • Summer Symposium Features Research from Undergraduate Fellows

    Summer Symposium Features Research from Undergraduate Fellows
      University of Maine-Farmington student William Harriman, who was mentored by by Dr. Geoffrey Ganter at the University of New England, presents his research findings at the Student Summer Symposium earlier this month. The annual Student Summer Symposium was hosted at MDI Biological Laboratory on Friday, August 4th and featured the research findings of undergraduate student fellows from colleges and universities across Maine through  short talks and poster presentations. The 17 undergraduate students highlighted below were awarded 10-week mentored research fellowships at various academic and research institutions in Maine through INBRE. In addition to mentored lab research, the students participated in bioinformatics workshops, ...
  • Former INBRE Fellow Nishad Jayasundara Awarded a Named Chair at Duke

    Former INBRE Fellow Nishad Jayasundara Awarded a Named Chair at Duke
    Former INBRE fellow and College of the Atlantic grad Nishad Jayasundara has been named the Juli Plant Grainger Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Health at Duke University, where his research focuses on exploring the adverse ecological and human health impacts of chemical pollution and climate change. Nishad Jayasundara in 2006 as a then recent graduate of the College of the Atlantic. Known for his innovative studies using fish species as sentinels to measure the biochemical and physiological consequences of exposure to chemical and physical stressors, Dr. Jayasundara recently has been working with an interdisciplinary team of environmental and health researchers to unravel how ...
  • INBRE Course Sparks Interest in Biotech Tools

    INBRE Course Sparks Interest in Biotech Tools
    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 ...