Department of Biological Sciences


Lacks family speak at Hannaford Hall

Henrietta Lacks' descendants discuss bioethics, race and compassion at USM

Two descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose immortal cells have since became one of the most important tools in medicine, speak to large crowd at USM, covered by the Portland Press Herald.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (book cover)

USM to host “Descendants of Henrietta Lacks” bioethics lecture Oct. 13

USM will host a lecture featuring the descendants of Henrietta Lacks as they explore ethics, race, and the commercialization of human tissue on Oct. 13.
USM MMCRI interns 2017

Biology Interns present work at MMCRI

Biology majors Grace McKenzie, Mariah Farrell, and Ron Helderman were among the students who presented results of their 2016-2017 internships at Maine Medical Center Research Institute in April.
Hypothetical matrix

Dr. Lisa Moore publishes new tool for microbial bioinformatics

Dr. Lisa Moore coauthored work on a tool developed to pull descriptive information about microbial traits from the literature, generating a matrix to study evolutionary relationships. USM undergraduates enrolled in microbiology courses contributed to the project.
Lisa Moore and Ellyn Touchette

Congratulations to Biology's Inauguration Scholars!

Biology student, and one of the world's top-rated slam poets, honored as an Inauguration Scholar
Leanne Reichert, Chris Maher, and Carrie Boudreau

Congratulations to Biology's Inauguration Scholars!

Biology students honored as Inauguration Scholars
Interaction rate versus density in harbor seals

Graduate student research published in Journal of Mammalogy

Anne Honeywell (M.S. Biology, 2014) published "Intensity, rate, and outcome of agonistic interactions in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina concolor) vary with density on haul-out ledges," coauthored with her thesis advisor, Dr. Chris Maher, in the Journal of Mammalogy.
correlation matrix

Undergraduate research published in Journal of Experimental Biology

Dr. Jeff Walker and Sean Caddigan, an Exercise Science major who graduated in May, coauthored the paper, "Performance trade-offs and individual quality in decathletes," which was published recently in the Journal of Experimental Biology.
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USM hosting phenomics workshop

Dr. Lisa Moore, Professor of Biology, is co-organizer of the Next Generation Phenomics workshop, which brings together researchers from throughout the country and will be held 7-8 July on the USM Portland campus.

Biology students publish Op-Ed piece in Bangor Daily News

As part of their capstone course this spring, Biology majors Jennifer Suttles and Susan Duong wrote an Op-Ed article on the Human Microbiome that was published in the Bangor Daily News.