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.


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.


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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Kaitlyn Bear

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kaitlyn is a student at the University of Maine, majoring in Biology with a Pre-Med concentration. She is doing a capstone project on muscle precursor migration and will graduate in May.


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.


Jared Austin

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jared is working on his undergraduate degree in biology with a pre-med concentration at the University of Maine. He joined the Talbot lab in Fall of 2020. His capstone project follows up with the Mylpf story, and will be graduating in May.

Lab Alumni


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.


Marianthi Cala

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Marianthi is graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Neuroscience in May of 2020. She worked on experiments aimed at towards moving the fin field by disrupting retinoic acid synthesis. Then, observing MMP streams to investigate the relation between somite proximity and fin bud development.


Bri Romano

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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.