Physiologists among the SBE faculty focus their research on vertebrate animals and participate in the translation of basic research on model organisms to treating disease in humans. Developmental biologists in the faculty study embryonic development of vertebrate tissues and their interactions and genetic regulatory mechanisms, also with direct applicability to treating disease.
Faculty within this cluster are cooperating members of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, which involves collaboration with biomedical research institutions across the state such as the Jackson Laboratories, the Maine Medical Research Institute, the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health, and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. Funding for this research comes from national sources such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture-NRI, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the American Society of Plant Biologists. This focus group will be a major center for interactions with the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Research, the School of Marine Sciences, the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program, and the new Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, as well as the Jackson Laboratory, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Eastern Maine Medical Center, and the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.