The Department of Molecular & Biomedical Sciences (MBMS) at the University of Maine provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Each field offers excellent opportunities for exciting careers.
A highlight of our undergraduate programs are the hands-on research experiences. In their first year of college, students get to dig right into research opportunities by participating in the Phage Genome Discovery course. In this course, they isolate a novel virus (bacteriophage) from the soil and characterize it using a series of laboratory and bioinformatics techniques. This course is sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and is part of the nationwide program called the Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES). The course is extremely popular with our undergraduates! Our undergraduates also participate in Capstone or Honors Thesis research projects that are mentored by our faculty.
The Molecular and Biomedical Sciences faculty are very active in research fields ranging from cell signaling to aging to infectious diseases. 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.
In addition to our M.S. and Ph.D. Programs in Biochemistry and Microbiology, the Department participates in a state-wide Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBSE) Ph.D. program to offer graduate students expanded research and educational opportunities.