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Join us for a casual “learn and connect” BioME Virtual Coffee Hour on May 25  from 10-11am.

Hear from Maine scientists, life science professionals, commercial brokers and academia to learn about the state’s lab space, research and some of the impressive work that’s being done in Maine.

May’s Coffee Hour will feature Michael McKernan (The Jackson Laboratory), Dr. Tamara King (University of New England), Josh Soley (Maine Realty Advisors), and Chuck Lubelczyk (MMCRI). 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.

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Speakers

 Michael McKernan, Director of Government & Community Relations, The Jackson Laboratory

Michael McKernan is Director of Government and Community Relations, The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), Bar Harbor. JAX is an independent, non-profit, biomedical research laboratory and a world leader in the development and use of mouse models for human disease. Mike advocates for JAX and life sciences R&D at the state level, builds and sustains community partnerships, and helps support a range of strategic operating initiatives in the areas of housing, childcare, and transportation. Mike brings to this work a special focus and passion for education. For over 20 years prior to his current role, he directed education programs at both JAX and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. At JAX, he led the signature Summer Student Program and helped create a state-wide high school-based program in genetics and genomics. Working with partners at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, they reestablished and expanded the Maine State Science Fair.

Tamara King, PhD, Professor of Physiology, University of New England

Tamara King, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and Core Director of COBRE. Research interests center around mechanistic analysis of pain, with a specific focus on cancer-induced bone pain, osteoarthritis induced joint pain and chronic pain induced by nerve injury (neuropathic pain). An important aspect of my research is using approaches that allow for mechanistic evaluation of affective/motivational aspects of pain and pain relief in the preclinical setting. Such an approach will lead to the discovery of molecules that can effectively ameliorate ongoing pain across various preclinical models of pain, including cancer induced bone pain, osteoarthritis induced joint pain, and nerve-injury induced pain. An overarching goal of my research is to examine mechanisms driving distinctive aspects of these pain states to foster development of novel therapies for a more comprehensive treatment of chronic pain in patients. Such advances would improve pain mamagement with diminished side effects compared to the currently available options (e.g. opioids in cancer bone pain).

Josh Soley, President, Maine Realty Advisors

Josh began his career in commercial real estate in 2011 as an asset manager for Lincoln Center Property Management. At LCPM he oversaw more than 1 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial space throughout Southern Maine. Josh made the transition to brokerage in 2014, and soon-after, launched Maine Realty Advisors in 2017 as the state’s only full-service commercial real estate firm. MRA has consistently been a leader in both commercial brokerage and asset management.
Josh specializes in investment sales and has facilitated high-profile transactions in Maine, Vermont, New York, Maryland, and Florida. Josh has completed both sales and leases in excess of $250mm, consistently making him one of Maine’s most prolific agents. In 2021, CoStar honored Josh with a Power Broker for topping the industry in sales. A Maine native, Josh graduated from Freeport High School before attending the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. In his rarely found spare time, you can find Josh coaching basketball at Waynflete School or enjoying the outdoors with his beautiful wife and daughter. He aspires to be a proficient guitar player and Arabic speaker.

Chuck Lubelczyk, Vector Ecologist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Charles Lubelczyk has worked on research in the spread of vector-borne diseases since the late-1990’s, while working worth with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough, Maine. A native of New Hampshire, Chuck’s work has focused on interactions between ticks and mosquitoes and their host and habitat requirements, as well as integrated pest management (IPM) approaches to reducing exposure to vector-borne diseases. He is currently working on projects relating to the surveillance of mosquito-borne viruses, like eastern equine encephalitis and Jamestown Canyon virus, in Maine and New Hampshire, the use of community-based strategies to control deer ticks ticks on Maine’s island communities, the role of migratory birds in the ecology of Lyme disease (right), and development of pesticide resistance in mosquito vectors. He currently resides on a farm with his wife Laura and three ungrateful cats in Maine’s midcoast.

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