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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 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.


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 leading the lab's screen to identify new factors that control muscle precursor migration. She has also twice TAed for Bio450 and once for Bio336.


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. In Summer 2022 Sean learned the ropes of laboratory research via a BoiME-funded internship; in Spring 2023 they are doing a capstone project.


Sadie Waterman

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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 and is currently working on her capstone semester.

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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 are working on a Capstone in the Distal Arthrogryposis project. In Winter 2023, they are beginninh work as our full-time lab technician.

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Mason Soares

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Mason began work in the Talbot lab in Spring of 2022 as a Freshman, and has since started digging in to the muscle physiology project with Tayo. 


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 muscle physiology story.

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Allie Myles

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Allie is a biology Freshman, 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 it will be exciting to see where her work leads!

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 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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