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 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.