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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.

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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 will be completing her Master's project in Fall of 2021

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Jared Austin

Laboratory Technician

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 staying on as a lab-tech while preparing for Medical School.

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Sabrina Varga

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sabrina is a student at the University of Maine majoring in Biology with a Pre-Med concentration and a minor in Studio Art. She works in the Talbot Lab on the small molecule screen.

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Sara Loiselle

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sara is working on her undergraduate degree in Zoology with a minor in Anthropology at the University of Maine. She joined Jared Talbot's lab in 2020 and is currently assisting Dr. Talbot with the chemical screening process in zebrafish in order to look for signaling chemicals and changes in muscle migratory precursor cells. In Summer 2021 she continues this project with a CUGR fellowship.

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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.

Willow-Throckmorton Hansford

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Willow is working on her undergraduate degree in Biology, with a pre-med concentration. She joined the Talbot lab in January 2021, and spent her first term learning about zebrafish research and database management

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.

Michael Delorge

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Michael is working on her undergraduate degree in Biology, with a minor in political science.

Lab Alumni

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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

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Mika Gallati

Research Assistant, 2019-2020

Mika recently received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Maine in December of 2019. In the Talbot lab she was an outstanding technician and was critical to moving the ZebraShare project forward.

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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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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.

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.