INBRE Research Fellowships Announced

The 2015-2016 INBRE research fellowships have been awarded to students in UMaine’s Honors College.  This year 4 thesis fellowships worth $3500 each and 7 junior fellowships worth $1400 apiece were awarded for projects in biomedical and genomics research.

Honors Thesis Fellowship Winners

Margaret Pasquarella– Exploring the Mechanisms Involved in Paxillin Amelioration of Congenital Muscular Dystrophies in Zebrafish

  • Advisor: Clarissa Henry
  • Major: Zoology

Monique Theriault – Immune Recognition of Candida albicans in Zebrafish

  • Advisor: Robert Wheeler
  • Major: Microbiology

Emily Whittaker – Characterization of Mycobacteriophage Ukulele Integration System

  • Advisor: Sally Molloy
  • Major: Biochemistry

Katrina Ventura – Anthocyanins alter endothelial cell morphology and cofilin regulation

  • Advisor: Sharon Ashworth
  • Major: Biology


Junior Year Fellowship Winners

Caroline Curtis – The Effect of Chronic Low Dose Ethanol Consumption on Energy Expenditure in C57BL/6J Mice

  • Advisor: Kristy Townsend
  • Majors: Biology

Emily Illingworth – Increasing Mycobacteriophage Diversity through Isolation with Novel Host Species

  • Advisor: Sally Molloy
  • Major: Biochemistry

Connor Lajoie – Identification and Characterization of 5-HT2 Receptor Calmodulin-Binding Domains in JC Polyomavirus Infection

  • Advisor: Melissa Maginnis
  • Major: Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Isaiah Mansour– Comparing the Hemocyanin Subunits of the Giant Keyhole Limpet (Megathura crenulata) and the Red Abalone (Haliotis rufescens) for Immunomodulation

  • Advisor: Ian Bricknell
  • Majors: Marine Biology

Erica Sewell – Exploring Coevolution of Mycobacterium chelonae and Intact Prophage

  • Advisor: Keith Hutchison
  • Major: Microbiology

Robert Soohey – Identifying genes of the integration cassette in cluster E mycobacteriophage Ukulele

  • Advisor: Sally Molloy
  • Major: Microbiology

Stephen Soohey – Aberrant mislocalization of RNA in Nuclei May Contribute to Neurodegeneration in ALS

  • Advisor: Roger Sher
  • Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology


INBRE (the Maine IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) is an NCRR/NIH supported network of 13 Maine institutions with MDIBL as the lead. The central goal of the INBRE program is to strengthen Maine’s role in creating competitive biomedical research. More information can be found at