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 atThe 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.

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 is featured in the current issue of UMaine Today.

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.

The Department of Molecular & Biomedical Sciences puts a strong emphasis on undergraduate research.  To this end, we are currently in the process of constructing NEW teaching laboratories in the unfinished 2nd floor space of Hitchner Hall.  To complete this renovation, we need to raise a portion of the construction costs.  If you are interested in joining me in this effort,  please go to  for details.  Any contribution that you might be able to make will be greatly appreciated.

Remembering Dr. John SInger

John Singer, a University of Maine microbiology professor from 1985–2019, died on Oct. 8. He was 67.  

John Singer, who was chair of the then Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology (currently the Department Molecular & Biomedical Sciences) from 1998–2006, advanced the development of vaccines to protect salmonids from the most pervasive killer of oceanic and estuarine inhabitants — the bacterial disease vibriosis — and other infectious agents. His research also worked to characterize the toxicological effects of condensates from wood kiln drying on life forms from bacteria to eukaryotic cells to mammals. 

John taught advanced courses in microbiology, bacterial physiology and genetics.  He mentored 14 graduate and 44 undergraduate students in his lab during his career. In addition to his impact as an educator and a scientist,  John will be remembered for the warmth and humor he shared with his students and colleagues.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Faculty Scholarship Fund, care of the University of Maine Foundation, online at An obituary was published by the Bangor Daily News.