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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 the Talbot lab's first PhD student. He did Masters work in the University Ibadan, Nigeria, on how human genetics influences disease susceptibility, before joining the Talbot lab in 2021. He has taken lead on the lab's muscle physiology project. Tayo has also developed teaching skills by TAing Bio336 (Fall 2021) and leading it via the Hunter Teaching Fellowship in Fall 2022. In Fall 2023, he completed his comprehensive exams and is now ABD.


Esther Olabamire

PhD Student

Esther Olabamire is our newest PhD student. She completed a Master's program in Ibadan, Nigeria and then worked in hospital laboratories until joining the Talbot lab in 2024. She is currently starting work on the muscle precursor migration project.


Teresa Easterbrooks

Research Assistant + Adjunct Professor

During her Master's program in the MBS program, Teresa led the lab's screen to identify new factors that control muscle precursor migration. Teresa is now working as a 'labtech', and leading lab sections in Bio336 and Bio450 as an adjunct.


Mason Soares

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Mason began work in the Talbot lab in Spring of 2022 as a Freshman, and immediately since started digging in to the muscle physiology project with Tayo. He is currently spearheading new CRISPR mutagenesis and mutant recovery projects in the lab.

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Troy Hupper

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Troy began work in Spring of 2023, restarting a project that investigated how fast-twitch muscle fibers influence zebrafish behaviors. After a very successful summer project, he is deepening his investigation through the 2023-34 academic year.

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Angelina White

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Angelina is a sophomore student, who began work on the muscle prescursor screen in Spring of 2023 and is now leading up projects using HCR in situ hybridization


Allie Myles

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Allie is a biology Sophomore, who joined the Talbot lab via the Top Scholar Program in fall of 2022. She hit the ground running with an experiment the same day she interviewed and has been pushing the science forward with great enthusiasm ever since!


Danny Tanaka

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Danny is a Biology Major with minors in chemistry and english. He joined the lab in Fall 2023 and is presently testing out new techniques to genotype young zebrafish embryos without damage.


Jordan Roamer

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jordan is a Marine Sciences major who joined the lab in spring of 2024. They are presently training as a lab-tech and have plans to help Tayo with an electron microscopy project.

Lab Alumni


Emily Tomak

Masters Student, 2021-2023

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. As a Masters student, Emily worked on musculoskeletal effects of the Mylpf project, developed new techniques to quantify sarcomere organization, and rigorously tested these both during wild-type development and in mutant samples. She graduated in July of 2023.


Sadie Waterman

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2019-2023

Sadie is an undergraduate student studying biology at the University of Maine in the class of 2023. Sadie has worked on both of the labs projects, but for the last two years she's taken the helm of a new antibody-development and testing project in the muscle physiology wing of the lab; she was awarded a CUGR fellowship for the 2022-23 academic year. In Spring 2023 she did a unique and impressive capstone combining work in Bio450 (histology) with her four-year project in the Talbot Lab. After graduating, she began work as an EMT in Maine.


Anaïs De Fleurian

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2023

Anaïs was an intern from the University of Quimper, France, working on the muscle precursor migration project in her equivalent of a Capstone.


Carla Rodriguez Medio

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2023

Carla joined our lab via the Maine INBRE program; she worked on the muscle physiology project under Tayo Adekeye's tutelage.

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Ryn Harrington

Undergraduate Research Assistant and Labtech, 2022-2023

Ryn began work in the talbot lab in Spring of 2022 and did a capstone project on musculoskeletal interactions before earning bachelors in Molecular and Cell Biology. In spring-term 2023 they worked as a full-time lab technician.


Sean Eggermann

Undergraduate Research Assistant and Honors Student, 2021-2023

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. In Summer 2022 Sean learned the ropes of laboratory research via a BoiME-funded internship; they continued research through AY  2022-23.


Kailee Sprague

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer 2022

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 muscle physiology story.


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 2022, graduating with High Honors. She 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. She currently works at Maine Health.


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 and currently works at Garuda Therapeutics.


Matthew Akers

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2020

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 and Master's student 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 and has since taken on several positions, rising through the ranks of the biotech industry.


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.

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