Science Lecture Series

Upcoming Speakers

Potential Cancer Cures Leveraging 3D Tissue Engineering and Bone Marrow Models

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 pm

Join us as we explore new ways to develop 3D models of cancer and bone marrow cells. Experience how fluorescent imaging of cells and biomaterials can bring biomedical research to life. Fly through confocal microscopy images of 3D silk scaffolds supporting bone marrow adipose tissue and cancer cells. Get a better sense of how cells look and act in 3D. Learn about the types of relationships cells have in the bone marrow and how researchers are leveraging these to design new ways of stopping cancer growth.

Picture of Dr. Reagan 3D Scan of Bone Tissue

Dr. Michaela Reagan is a Faculty Scientist at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, an Assistant Professor at the Tufts Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and a Graduate Faculty Member at U. Maine in the GSBSE program. She obtained her BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Tufts University. Dr. Reagan performed her post-doctoral fellowship research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Reagan runs the Bioengineering Core at MMCRI and her research group is focused on developing better 3D in vitro models of cancer in the bone, designing nanomedicine to target bone cancers, and elucidating the biological mechanisms behind the interactions of bone cells and tumor cells. Her goal is to make novel discoveries that lead to new therapies that stop cancer disease progression.

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Previous Speakers

September 2016
Dr. Elizabeth McGrath
A Walk Among Giants: Building the Largest Galaxies in the Universe

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October 2016
Dr. Caitlin Howell
Unlocking the Secrets of Proteins: The Rise of Cryo Electron Microscopy

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November 2016
Chuck Carter
Art and Science: Visualizing Complex Ideas for Everyone

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December 2016
Dr. Paul Mayewski
Journey Into Climate

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February 2017
Dr. Dean Astumian
How molecular motors work – insights from the machinist’s toolbox

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March 2017
Dr. Ali Abedi
Wireless Leak Detection for International Space Station

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April 2017
Dr. Henning Haack
Meteorites and the Origin of the Solar System

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May 2017
Dr. Karissa Tilbury
From Lightsabers to Tricorders:
Harnessing Light for Biomedical Applications

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The Science Lecture Series at Emera Astronomy Center will take place the first Thursdays of each month and is a partnership project with the Maine Science Festival and will feature research from a variety of science disciplines from around our state and use the digital planetarium to visualize these discoveries in a new dramatic and immersive way.