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 (GSBSE) Ph.D. program, with cooperating faculty at The Jackson Laboratory, the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, the University of Southern MaineMount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and the University of New England to offer graduate students expanded research and educational opportunities.

Departmental News:

Dr. Melissa Maginnis was awarded a grant from the National Insitutes of Health to study how viruses hijack signaling pathways in cells to cause infection and disease.

UMaine viral study earns $440K from the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Josh Kelley was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $430,000 to study how yeast communicate: https://umaine.edu/news/blog/2021/08/17/kelley-explores-what-directs-septin-proteins-in-yeast-mating/

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Drs. Maginnis and Wheeler applied their expertise to aid the the University of Maine System and state in the response. Read more about it in UMaine Today: https://umainetoday.umaine.edu/features/2021/03/09/scientists-on-the-front-lines/

Dr. Julie Gosse’s laboratory and outstanding research is featured in the UMaine News, Dec. 30, 2020. To read the article describing her research to determine potential health risks of a commonly used antibacterial compound. triclosan, use this link: UMaine News.

UMaine Today is currently running a feature entitled; “Learning through Discovery”.  Within the feature is a component highlighting research being performed by our very own Dr. Ben King in collaboration with Dr. Clarissa Henry of SBE. Their topic is “Molecular mechanisms of muscular dystrophy”.  Check it out here:

Learning through discovery

ALSO In the fall of 2011, the department joined a large group of universities in teaching a yearlong course that is sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The course is part of an HHMI, nationwide program called the Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES). The course has become extremely popular with our undergraduates and as of fall 2015, we now offer two section of this laboratory course so that all of our first-year students are enrolled. The course was featured in UMaine Today (see page 40).

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 this Faculty page.  Click here to see UMaine Today articles on MBMS faculty and their research.