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The Department of Molecular & Biomedical Sciences (MBMS) at the University of Maine provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in BiochemistryMicrobiology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Each field offers excellent opportunity in challenging and exciting careers.

In addition, the Department participates in a state-wide Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) Ph.D. program, with cooperating faculty at The Jackson Laboratory, the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, the Foundation for Blood Research, the University of Southern MaineMount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and others to offer graduate students expanded research and educational opportunities.

The MBMS faculty are very active in a variety of research fields, many in the basic Biomedical Sciences.  You can find brief descriptions of their research programs by going to the Faculty page.  Dr. Carol Kim (Kim-Insight  and Dr. Robert Wheeler (Wheeler-Insight) have also been  featured in UMaine Today.  Click here to see additional UMaine Today articles on MBMS faculty and their research.


MBMS  News

Scott  Walker, a principal scientist of infectious diseases at Merck Research Laboratories in New Jersey, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Maine in 1986 is featured in this month’s UMaine News.

Congratulations to Gwendolyn Beacham (’15’)   Valedictorian of the Class of 2015.  Gwendolyn a Biochemistry major is heading to Cornell University to pursue her Ph.D.  Gwen is featured in UMaine Toady’s, “Hooked on science”  in the Spring/Summer ’15’ issue!

Dr. Keith Hutchison has started his  retirement.  He will be spending time this coming year helping/continuing to teach the Phage Genomics two semester course with Dr. Sally Molloy.  Keith  started with the department (then the Department of Biochemistry) in 1985!


Congratulations to Dr. Gosse who was recently awarded an NIH R15 grant for the next three years starting August 1, 2014.  The grant  is titled “Mechanism of Triclosan Disruption of Mast Cell Function.” and  provides $300,000 in direct costs, plus $121,068 in indirect costs to UMaine.


Congratulations go to Dr. Robert Wheeler for being selected as one of 12 scientists nationwide to receive the 2014 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF).  The five year award for $500,000 funds Dr. Wheeler’s  examination of how and why  Candida albicans  — the most common human fungal pathogen — transforms from an innocuous yeast in the digestive tract of a person with a healthy immune system to a potentially fatal fungus in vital organs of a person whose immune system has been compromised.

Click here to read more details about Dr. Wheeler’s Burroughs Welcome Award in UMaine News

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Contact Information

Molecular & Biomedical Sciences
5735 Hitchner Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5735
Phone: (207) 581-2810 | Fax: (207) 581-2801E-mail: Chair:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System