Melissa Maginnis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology,
Associate Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research

Ph.D. (2007) Vanderbilt University, Microbiology and Immunology
Research: Identification and Characterization of Cellular Determinants of Reovirus Internalization
Advisor: Terry Dermody, M.D.
Dermody Lab

Postdoctoral Training: Brown University
Research: Molecular Mechanisms of JC Polyomavirus Attachment and Entry
Advisor: Walter Atwood, Ph.D.
Atwood Lab

Graduate students:

Avery Bond; Ph.D. Program in Microbiology

Undergraduate students:

Lauren Cusson; University of Maine 2023

Remi Geohegan; University of Maine 2022

Aiden Pike; University of Maine 2023

Stephen Rezack; University of Maine 2023

Amanda Sandberg; University of Maine 2022

Rotation students:

The Maginnis laboratory is open for rotations for AY 2021-2022.

Lab Alumni:

Graduate Students:

Ph.D. Students:

Jeanne DuShane Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Current position: Bristol Myers Squibb

Kashif Mehmood; Fulbright Scholar, Ph.D. Program in Microbiology, Current position: Pakistan

Colleen Mayberry; Ph.D. Program in Microbiology, Current position: The Jackson Laboratory

Michael Wilczek; Ph.D. Program in Microbiology, Current position: The Roux Institute at Northeastern University

M.S. Students:

Mason Crocker; M.S. in Microbiology, Current position: Tufts University School of Medicine

Undergraduate Students:

Francesca Armstrong; University of Maine, 2020, (Capstone student), Current position: medical field

Tristan Fong, University of Maine, 2020, (Capstone student), Current position: Tufts University School of Medicine

Paige Giffault; University of Maine 2021, Current position: Medical field

Sarah Nichols; University of Maine, 2020, (Capstone student), Current position: Wake Forest University PhD Program

Laura Horowitz; University of Maine, 2017 (Capstone student), Current position: UNE College of Medicine 2019

Conner Lajoie; University of Maine, 2017 (Honors College), Previous position: Broad Institute, Current position: UNE College of Medicine 2020

Tyler Lang; University of Maine, 2018 (volunteer), Current position: Tufts Medical School

Nick Leclerc; University of Maine 2021, Current position: University of Maine, PhD Program in Microbiology

Francois Levasseur; University of Maine 2020, Current position: Arrakis Therapeutics

Trevor Lyford; Brown University, 2018, Current position: medical field

Laura Horowitz; University of Maine, 2017 (Capstone student), Current position: UNE College of Medicine 2019

Adam Simard, B.S., University of Maine, 2015 (Capstone student), Current position: PhD program, Dartmouth College.

Ashley Soucy; University of Maine, 2018 (Honors College), Current position: GSBSE Graduate Program, University of Maine

Maginnis lab photo taken on a snowy December day in front of a snow-covered evergreen. Maginnis lab made up of Dr. Maginnis, 4 graduate students, and 5 undergraduates.