UMaine Institute of Medicine Seminars

The UMaine Institute of Medicine Seminar Series is underway! The first session for these virtual events will take place every Friday from February 12 to March 5, 2021.

Please join us for those weekly events.  Registration is required on the event page.

The Microbes and Social Equity Speaker Series and Symposium

Timeline: Spring 2021, from February 10 to April 28. A total of 12 speakers over 12 weeks.

Organizer: Dr. Suzanne Ishaq, Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Affiliate Faculty of University of Maine Medicine. sue.ishaq@maine.edu

Microorganisms are critical to many aspects of biological life, including human health.    The collective microbial community, our microbiome, can be impacted by the details of our lifestyle, including diet, hygiene, health status, and more, but many are driven by social, economic, medical, or political constraints that restrict available choices that may impact our health.  

This speaker series explores the way that microbes connect public policy, social disparities, and human health, as well as the ongoing research, education, policy, and innovation in this field.  The spring speaker series will pave the way for a symposium on “Microbes, Social Equity, and Rural Health” in summer 2021.

For more details on this series, including the list of speakers, please go to the The Ishaq Lab – Love your Microbes Blog

All events are free but registration is  required on the event pages below.  

Previous Fall 2020 Seminars

Zebrafish muscle development provides insight into human diseases

September 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker: Jared Talbot Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine.

Cellular and Molecular Determinants of a Fatal Viral Infection

October 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker: Melissa Maginnis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences.

Ecological and social drivers of the spread of vector-borne diseases

October 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker: Allison (Allie) Gardner, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Biology and Ecology and a cooperating faculty member in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program.

The recording of the seminar is available here.

The Application of Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical from the Engineering Perspective

October 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker:  Somayeh Khosroazad, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

The recording of the seminar is available here.

Water pollution, rising temperatures and a mysterious kidney disease

October 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker:  Nishad Jayasundara, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Environmental Physiology and Toxicology Lab, School of Marine Sciences & Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering

The recording of the seminar is available here.

A crash course in the gut microbiome

November 6 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker: Suzanne (Sue) Ishaq, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

The recording of the seminar is available here.

A novel role of wild blueberry phenolic extracts to promote endothelial cell migration and angiogenesis associated with wound healing and tissue regeneration

November 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker:  Dorothy Klimis, Ph.D. FACN, Professor of Clinical Nutrition, School of Food and Agriculture and cooperating professor of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Maine.

The recording of the seminar is available here