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2/15 Our newest PhD student, Esther Damilola lands in Maine. Esther- you've got great things ahead of you!

2/15 Jared and Clarissa submit a COBRE grant supplement - fingers crossed

2/9 Angelina White completes a massive set of HCR in situ hybridization experiments - reminds Jared of the fun he would have doing in situs in Chuck Kimmel's lab. 2/7 Jared orders the lab a very fancy new Thunder microscope from Leica. We're gonna have fun with this one.

1/16 A new semester of Bio450 kicks into gear.

1/6-9 Jared gets to attend his first "PI meeting" (the Strategic Conference of Zebrafish Investigators) in Asilomar California

1/1/24 Jared opens the lab up for a writing day - soon, Angelina White and Tayo Adekeye join for our "winter term" crew

2023 was a momentous year for the lab: We worked hard on our Mylpf R15, won the COBRE, our first two Master's students graduated, and Tayo passed his Comps!


12/19 onwards: Some quiet time for writing, reading, research, and even relaxation.

12/18/23 Clarissa hosts the COBRE crew for an end 'o year brunch

12/15/23 All grades turned in and a semester wraps on Bio336/Bio597. Wipes sweat from brow. Phew- what a semester!

11/30/23 Jared is treated to a tour of the local salmon facility by Halli Bair

11/16/23 Tayo Adekeye successfully defends his PhD proposal. Congratulations Tayo, you're now "All But Dissertation"!

10/25/23 We have the first day of the Maine Medicine Symposium - only the first day because on Day two, there was a mass shooting in Lewiston Maine, which threw us all into a state of alert and shutdown.

10/12-14/23 Jared attends the first annual COBRE retreat at MDIBL. Thanks so much to Mary Baylies and the other mentors and advisors for coming out participate! Upon our return, the team was honored at UMaine's homecoming game.



10/1-5/23 Jared Talbot attends the Zebrafish Disease Models Society meeting in Durham NC. Many good takeways from the conference :)

8/21/23 Tayo Adekeye succeeds at his candidacy exam *while* feeling under the weather! Great job Tayo!!! You've worked so hard for this.To celebrate, Tayo, Jared, and Teresa went to a nice seafood place on 8/23... *after* Tayo was healthy again :)

8/16-18/23 Jared Talbot attends the Northeast Regional Idea Conference (NERIC) at Wilmington Delaware.

8/4/23 Carla Rodriguez-Medio presents a well-received talk on her summer INBRE project at the MIDBL retreat



7/28/23 Emily Tomak defended her Master's thesis just a day after 7/27/23 when Teresa Easterbrooks defended her Master's thesis!!! So proud of these two students, who gave excellent oral presentations, carefully crafted written reports, and showed that they knew their stuff. Wishing them both the very very best as the move forward. Kudos to Lauren to setting up a lively celebration for Teresa, to Teresa for setting up an exuberant reception for Emily, and to the whole lab for coming out for a wonderful dinner together once everything was all wrapped up.





6/7/23 Hey cool, our pectoral fin muscle image is prominently displayed on UMaine's new COBRE website :)

6/5/23 We welcome back Troy Hupper and Lauren Dumont for an exciting summer of research :)

5/31/23 We welcome our new INBRE summer student, Carla Rodriguez-Medio!

5/11/23 I walked in this morning to find that the lab set up a shiny birthday door :) Thanks Teresa/Tayo/Anaïs! This is a great start to a new trip around the sun.


5/10/23 I call a wrap on grades for another semester of Bio450. *wipes sweat from brow* Phew- another 20 capstone projects in the bag.

5/6/23 Four years ago I started my lab, and within a month Sadie Waterman joined our team. Today, she is graduating. Congratulations to Sadie on her very successful graduation. And thank you for your outstanding work in the lab, from receiving and inventorying supplies in 2019 all the way through a phenomenal honors-scale capstone project that merged independent research on Mylpf with histology in the Bio450 course for a beautiful and unique final product.

4/27/23 The lab rings in the end of the semester with a gathering at the Orono Brewing Company. An absolute blast to cap off an excellent term.


4/16/23 We bid adieu to Ryn Harrington and wish her the best in the next phase of her career.


4/14/23 Sadie Waterman presents an excellent poster on her capstone work at the 2023 UMSS


4/1/23 Dr. Talbot is invited to become an early career investigator leader on the Zebrafish Disease Models Society's muscle research interest group. Looking forward to interacting with ZDMS in the coming years :)


3/29/23 OH MY GOSH WE WON THE COBRE!!!!! Big changes to come- we can fund the lab AND four other labs at a high level AND get a new scope AND build a new fish facility. This is enormous! UMaine press release here. 3/20/23 The Nr5a2 craniofacial paper is published in Developmental Cell! Find it here. This was an excellent PhD project by Olivia Chen in Gage Crump's lab and I'm proud to have played a little role in their work.

2/2/23 The Talbot Lab sent out a recruitment flyer for new undergrads in their sophomore year- leading to several new students joining the team: Angelina White, Lauren Dumont, and Troy Hupper. Good to have you on board :)


1/3/23 Ryn Harrington begins work as our official labtech. Already, the lab's whiteboard is filling up with her checklists and plans for the upcoming year :)

12/12/22 We celebrated the end of the semester with our annual holiday party, this year at Yamas in Orono :) Teresa's zebra-cookies were a hit!



12/8/22 Tayo, Teresa, and Dr. Talbot wrap up the joint Bio336/504 course. This big experiment of teaching sophomores through graduates actually worked! Thanks for your excellent work Tayo and Teresa :) This course was an absolute treat.


12/1/22 James McKechnie joins team-MMP, working with Teresa.


11/18/22 Allie Myles interviews for a position and IMMEDIATELY volunteers to help with an experiment lasting all weekend. Way to hit the ground running Allie!


11/2/22 Sadie Waterman won a CUGR award for her research! Congratulations Sadie - you wrote a mighty impressive proposal!




10/22/22 The lab went out to a pumpkin patch to celebrate Fall :)


10/14/22 Ryn Harrington and Dr. Talbot attend (and present at) the first annual Maine Biomedical Conference in Portland Maine.


9/8/22 Dr. Talbot submits UMaine's 2022 Pew proposal.


8/30/22 Tayo Adekeye begins teaching Bio336 for his Hunter Fellowship, while Dr. Talbot teaches Bio504 and Teresa TAs. We began a whirlwind juggling act of teaching undergrads and grad students in one semi-split room. (note added later: It worked! It all worked!)


(Whew- got a little behind in updates; Sam's an infant and the semester is busy!)

8/6/22 We celebrated a very productive summer with a cookout at the Talbot home - it was wonderful to gather the crew and celebrate.

8/6/22 We bid farewell to Dmitrii Krivorotko who is heading to Boston University to begin a Master's program. On his way out, he wrote a glowing article about his time in the Talbot Lab, which you can read here.

8/5/22 Kailee Sprague caps her summer research with a 3-minute Thesis and poster presentation at MDIBL; she did an outstanding job this summer.


8/1/22 We have been awarded an R15 on the Distal Arthrogryposis project!!! Our first NIH grant :)


7/1/22 We bid farewell to Emily Tomak, who is moving to Colorado. Emily will continue her Masters via a distanced format. Emily, we will miss you - and I'm excited that you're keen to continue the work from afar.


6/22-26/22 The Talbot lab takes part in the International Zebrafish Conference - Tayo and I came in person, while Kailee joined via zoom. Wow, that was amazing. I felt embraced by the zebrafish community when I received the Chi-Bin Chien award, and absolutely loved the discussions that followed. Kailee gathered the whole lab gathered around for my talk. Tayo gave a wonderful poster, met colleagues, and made the whole experience so much fun. It was *amazing*.





6/1/22 Sean Eggermann begins his BioME summer internship

6/1/22 Kailee Sprague joins the lab for summer research through the INBRE program

5/15/22 We are proud to announce the birth of Samuel Talbot :)



5/14/22 Sara Loiselle begins work as a molecular pathologist at Nordex. Congratulations Sara!

5/7/22 We congratulate the three graduating Seniors from the Talbot Lab - Sara Loiselle, Sabrina Varga, and Dmitrii Krivorotko. You three are amazing and we will miss you. I wish you the very *best* as you leave the University.

5/2/22 The Talbot Lab gathers at Yamas to celebrate the end of an incredible academic year.

5/2/22 Mika Gallati is admitted into a Master's program at Brown University. Congratulations Mika!!!

4/29/22 Dmitrii Krivorotko defends his undergraduate thesis and receives Highest Honors! Congratulations Dmitrii!

4/28/22 Sabrina Varga defends her undergraduate thesis and receives High Honors. Congratulations Sabrina!


4/27/22 Dr. Talbot receives the university's "Graduate Faculty Mentor Award", after being selected by a committee of graduate students. Afterwards, my three grad students gave me a really nice card and a cute mug. I am so thankful for them, and am so flattered that they think highly of me. :)


4/8/22 Dr. Talbot is announced as this year's Chi-Bin Chien awardee by the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS). Wow, this is exciting! IZFS states: "The award recognizes outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, or recently appointed faculty members from any country who have made significant contributions to the field of zebrafish research and have exhibited the generosity and openness that characterized and motivated Chi-Bin Chien." I am utterly floored to be considered in the same light as Chi-Bin Chien.

You can read more about it, and how this award relates to ZebraShare, here. 3/30/22 Sean Eggermann is awarded a summer internship via BioME. Congratulations Sean!

3/27/22 We took our spring photo on a sunny day when most of the lab was here :)


2/16/22 *Congratulations* to Tayo Adekeye for receiving UMaine's prestigious Hunter Fellowship! 2/14/22 Jan Wusik begins a GSBSE rotation in the Talbot Lab :)

2/11/22 Carolina Cora wraps up her Talbot Lab rotation - she gave an excellent lab meeting this week and ended the week on a high note with some new cell tracking.

2/3/22 Big news! The University of Maine is recategorized as a "Research 1" University, which is highest tier of research in the Carnegie Classification.

2/1/22 The Six1-Cancer story is published. We had long known that Six1 promotes tumor progression, and in this new story, Jessica Hsu (lab of Heide Ford and Kristin Artinger) demonstrates a mechanism for how the gene can promote both progenitor identity and fiber differentiation - leading to potential differentiation approaches to treat cancer down the road. I was happy to play a small role in this story, which I think will be foundational to future work. You can read our open-access paper here 1/14/22 Dr. Talbot is admitted to the newest class of CUGR faculty fellows

1/13/22 Our ZebraShare paper is listed among the top-read Developmental Biology papers in PeerJ for 2021. Check it out here

1/7/22 Sophie Craig presents at lab meeting about the new phenotypes she was able to discover during her 8-week rotation. Great work Sophie :)

1/3/22 Lights on for a new year in the Talbot Lab. Though, I think Tayo never actually left. Happy New Year!

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