Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering

Virtual 2021 Life Sciences Summit features UMaine experts, partners

UMaine experts and partners are among the participants leading the virtual 2021 Life Sciences Summit from 9–11:30 a.m. Oct. 19–20, sponsored by the Bioscience Association of Maine and Maine Center for Entrepreneurs.  Among them include Renee Kelly, UMaine assistant vice president for innovation and economic development, and Kristy Townsend, graduate faculty member in the Graduate […]

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McCoy, Townsend in fourth annual Women in Bioscience event Sept. 30

The fourth annual “Women in Bioscience” event on Sept. 30 will feature a virtual interactive workshop led by Shannon McCoy, University of Maine associate professor of psychology.  “Imposter Syndrome: Understanding and Coping with a Potential Barrier to Success” begins at 11:30 a.m. It follows a virtual 10 a.m. panel discussion, Women in Leadership, moderated by […]

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Press Herald op-ed cites Ferrini-Mundy recommendations for building state’s STEM workforce

A Portland Press Herald op-ed outlining strategies for building a skilled and resilient STEM workforce in Maine cited University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy in calling for increased investment in research and development and establishment of new public-private partnerships. Authors Ben Gilman and Rachel Kerestes noted that increased private investment in higher education, such as […]

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Gosse caps decade of research into troublesome triclosan

University of Maine toxicologist Julie Gosse spent a decade unearthing the medical harm posed by the germ-fighting agent triclosan (TCS). Manufacturers had included the synthetic chemical in soap, toothpaste, facial cleansers, sanitizer and other common products since the 1970s, when no research delved into its health and toxicological effects. Products containing the antimicrobial agent filled […]

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News Center reports membrane to capture COVID-19 air droplets

News Center Maine reported on a bioengineered membrane to detect and analyze coronavirus air droplets being developed by scientists at the University of Maine and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Testing for the membrane, which can be used as an insert in air filtration systems to capture virus-containing droplets for analysis, will begin next week in […]

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UMaine Medicine hosting Oct. 30 webinar on impacts of pollution, climate change on human health

The University of Maine Institute of Medicine fall seminar series continues with a virtual presentation by Nishad Jayasundara, assistant professor in the School of Marine Sciences and Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 3–4 p.m. Oct. 30.   In this presentation, Water Pollution, Rising Temperatures and a Mysterious Kidney Disease, Jayasundara will discuss his research examining the biochemical […]

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Talbot helps ID muscle gene that, when altered, causes joint disease

Jared Talbot is part of a 32-member international research team that identified a gene that, when altered, can cause bent fingers and toes, clubfoot, scoliosis, and short stature.  The team discovered that partial loss of the protein coding gene MYLPF (myosin light chain, phosphorylatable, fast skeletal muscle) results in a disorder called distal arthrogryposis (DA) […]

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