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Join us for a casual “learn and connect” BioME Virtual Coffee Hour on March 3rd  from 10-11am.

Hear from Maine scientists, innovators, and academia to learn about some of the impressive work that’s being done in Maine.

March’s Coffee Hour will feature Matthew Lynes, PhD (MMCRI), Theresa Roelke, APRN-AGPCNP (MaineHealth), Kate Dickerson (Maine Science Festival), and Anne Lichtenwalner, DVM, PhD (University of Maine). Presentations will be followed by Q&A and the audience will have a chance to connect with the speakers and each other.

The goal of this series is to virtually connect Maine’s life science community and educate attendees about what companies and individuals are doing to advance the life sciences industry in Maine.



Matthew Lynes, PhD, Faculty Scientist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute)

Matt Lynes is a Faculty Scientist at Maine Medical Research Institute in Scarborough and an adjunct faculty at The Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts.  Matt studies how humans and animals metabolize the food that they eat and how their bodies control the flow of metabolites to direct energy for either usage or storage.  His work is supported by Maine Medical Center’s COBRE program in Regulation of Metabolic Networks and he is the recipient of NIH F32 and K01 awards, an Early Investigator Award from the Endocrine Society, and a Joslin Diabetes Center DRC Pilot and Feasibility grant.

Kate Dickerson, Founder & Director, Maine Science Festival

Kate Dickerson is the Founder & Director of the Maine Science Festival. Prior to that, she held various positions in the energy & environmental field with a focus on policy. As Founder & Director of the MSF, Dickerson has built a hugely collaborative partnership of diverse organizations and companies throughout the state, culminating in an annual celebration of Maine science, technology, engineering, and innovation.

Anne Lichtenwalner, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, Extension Veterinarian & Director of UMaine Animal Health Laboratory, University of Maine

Anne Lichtenwalner DVM PhD is an Associate Professor of Cooperative Extension and the School of Food and Agriculture, and cooperating faculty in the Honors College as well as the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine at Orono. Since 2008, Dr. Lichtenwalner has been the director and diagnostician for the University of Maine Animal Health Lab (UMAHL), a member lab of the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative. She is involved in research about, and service to, Maine animal industries. She conducts translational research in the fields of infectious diseases and parasitology, involving students in these efforts. Due to the diverse nature of agriculture in Maine, and due to the close proximity of farms and wild lands, she studies both domestic and wildlife species. Current and past funded research includes studies of common ovine infectious and parasitic diseases, moose lung parasites, shellfish pathogens, lobster immune modulation, algal mastitis, zoonotic pathogen prevalence in wild turkeys and chlamydia immunopathology in mammalian hosts. She is a member of the One Health and the Environment initiative within the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture.

Theresa Roelke, APRN-AGPCNP, Nurse Practitioner, MaineHealth

Roelke has been working on a innovative 3D patient education tool. Roelke’s tool was first used in the Maine Medical Center Thoracic Oncology Clinic during lung screening shared-decision-making consults. As the pandemic led to increased use of telehealth, expanding its use for lung screening virtual consults was a natural transition. Using a visual platform, patients are engaged through experiential learning and are more likely to take ownership to become good stewards of their lung and overall health. In recognition of the model’s role in improving access, quality and value in cancer care delivery, Roelke received a national innovation award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) in May 2020. “As I listen to a patient’s story, I am reminded of the decades of learning through life experiences that came before. These lived experiences are what make a patient unique. As a former educator, I see the synergy between medicine and education. Time and the sharing of information, is fundamental to trust and to providing meaningful care to patients. One must never underestimate a patient’s interest or ability to learn about a disease process they are working hard to overcome both physiologically and psychologically.  I admire how patients arm themselves with knowledge as they prepare to do battle.  Their eagerness to understand is palpable. Knowledge empowers them to choose what’s best for themselves and for their family.  On days I’m not working I share time with those closest, noticing all that surrounds us through biking, kayaking, hiking, travel and learning.”

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