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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 joined the lab in Spring of 2020, has run several projects since joining, and is currently dong an Honors Thesis on the muscle physiology project.

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Dmitrii Krivorotko

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Dmitrii is a student at the University of Maine majoring in Biology with a Pre-Med concentration and a minor in Studio Art. He joined the lab in Fall of 2021 and is presently working on the muscle physiology project for his Honors Thesis.

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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.

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Sean Eggermann

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sean is working on a marine sciences degree, in the class of 2023. He joined the Talbot lab in Fall of 2021 and is working on the muscle precursor migration project. He has lab-tech duties, like keeping our fish inventory up-to-date

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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.

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Michael Delorge

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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

Lab Alumni

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.