Jared Talbot

Principal Investigator

Jared Talbot investigates skeletal muscle formation using zebrafish embryos and uses these developmental processes to understand human health and disease. His research in developmental biology began while a graduate student in Charles Kimmel’s laboratory at the University of Oregon, and he began to investigate muscle development while working in Sharon Amacher’s lab initially at the University of California Berkeley and later at The Ohio State University. He is now an assistant professor at the University of Maine in the School of Biology and Ecology.


Tayo Adekeye

PhD Student

Tayo Adekeye is a PhD student in the Talbot lab. He did Masters work in the University Ibadan, Nigeria, on how human genetics influences disease susceptibility, before joining the Talbot lab in 2021. His project spans both wings of the lab- muscle physiology and cell migration.


Emily Tomak

Masters Student

Emily majored in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine. She began work in the Talbot lab in Fall of 2020 and graduated May of 2021, before joining the Talbot lab for graduate work. Her project is focused on musculoskeletal physiology and disease.


Teresa Easterbrooks

Masters Student

Teresa joined the Talbot lab via the MBS program; she is currently doing a Masters on the muscle precursor migration project.


Sean Eggermann

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sean is working on a marine sciences degree, in the class of 2023. They joined the Talbot lab in Fall of 2021 and is working on the muscle precursor migration project. This summer, Sean is doing a BoiME-funded internship in the laboratory, to learn the ropes of research.


Sadie Waterman

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sadie is an undergraduate student studying biology at the University of Maine in the class of 2023. She has been working in the Talbot Lab to perform genetic crosses between zebrafish lines and later collecting the offspring for genotyping. Sadie also assists the imaging process of fish treated with various small molecules to determine the effects of specific treatments on fin muscle formation.

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Ryn Harrington

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ryn is working on her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Maine. They joined the Talbot lab in Spring of 2022 and is working on a Capstone in the Distal Arthrogryposis project.


Kailee Sprague

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kailee is a Biology major at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where she works with Judith Roe. She joined our lab for an INBRE program in Summer 2022, when she made excellent contributions to the Mylpf story.


Holly Barney

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Holly is working on her undergraduate degree in Biology, with a pre-med concentration. She joined the Talbot lab in January 2021 and in her first term she learned much about zebrafish research.

Lab Alumni


Sabrina Varga

Undergraduate Research Assistant and Honors Student, 2020-2022

Sabrina received her undergraduate degree in biology with a pre-med concentration at the University of Maine in May of 2021, graduating with High Honors. He joined the Talbot lab in Spring of 2020. Sabrina worked on several projects in the lab, cumulating in High Honors for her thesis investigating the effects of human disease-causing polymorphisms on zebrafish muscle development. 


Sara Loiselle

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2020-2022

Sara received her Zoology BSc from the University of Maine  in May of 2022. She joined the Talbot Lab in the Spring of 2020 and was a constant enthusiastic productive researcher until she graduated in May of 2022. She worked on the muscle precursor migration project, cumulating in an excellent Capstone paper about chemokine signaling influencing these cell's movements. She currently works in molecular pathology at Nordex. 


Dmitrii Krivorotko

Undergraduate Research Assistant and lab technician 2021-2022

Dmitrii received his Bachelors in Biology from the University of Maine with a Pre-Med concentration and a minor in Studio Art in May of 2022. He joined the lab in Fall of 2021 and did an intriguing project investigating behaviors in Mylpf mutant fish, resulting in  presently working on the muscle physiology project resulting in graduation with Highest Honors. That summer he worked as a technician in the Talbot lab, while continuing to keep his own project moving forward. He begins work on his Masters in Public Health from Boston University in Fall of 2022.


Jared Austin

Undergraduate Research Assistant and labtech, 2020-2021

Jared received his undergraduate degree in biology with a pre-med concentration at the University of Maine in May of 2021. He joined the Talbot lab in Fall of 2020. His capstone project followed up with the Mylpf story. In Summer 2021 he is worked as a lab-tech while preparing for Medical School, and is currently working as an EMT.


Kaitlyn Bear

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2020-2021

Kaitlyn majored in Biology with a Pre-Med concentration. She did a capstone project on muscle precursor migration and graduated in May of 2021


Matthew Akers

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Matt received his B.S. in Biology with a Pre-Med concentration from the University of Maine in December of 2020. While in the Talbot lab he investigated cues that control muscle precursor cell migration.


Mika Gallati

Undergraduate Research Assistant and Lab-tech 2019-2020

Mika Gallati joined the lab at the end of her senior year and picked up the Snu13 project, which we published in PeerJ in 2021. After graduation she was our technician until summer 2020. During that time she accomplished many things, including building this website. She then took a lab-tech position at Bryant university and is currently a lab-tech at Brown.


Bri Romano

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2019-2020

Bri received her B.S. in Biology in May of 2020 from the University of Maine. She worked on a small molecule screen in the Talbot Lab.


Marianthi Cala

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2019-2020

Marianthi is graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Neuroscience in May of 2020. Her experiments that investigated the relationship between fin positioning and muscle precursor cell migration.