EVENTS 2018-03-06T20:20:52+00:00

 Women in Bioscience

Join us for Women in Bioscience, an event taking place on March 29, 2018 between 3-5pm at Cellardoor Winery at Thompson Point in Portland. The event will feature a moderated panel discussion of acclaimed bioscience female scientists and entrepreneurs focusing on success stories, career advantages and obstacles for women in the bioscience space in Maine. Light appetizers, delicious cupcakes and wine by Cellardoor included.

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Discussion Panel

Deborah Bronk

Deborah Bronk joined Bigelow Laboratory in February 2018 as its president and CEO. She earned a Ph.D. in marine-estuarine and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland, and she has more than two decades of experience as a professor and an oceanographer. During that time, she has conducted more than 50 research cruises and field studies in freshwater and marine environments that stretch from pole to pole. Most recently, Deborah was the Moses D. Nunnally Distinguished Professor of Marine Sciences and department chair at Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. She previously served as division director for the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science and as president of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

Ewelina Bolcun-Filas

Dr. Bolcun-Filas is an Assistant Professor at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her research aims to identify molecular mechanisms controlling development of healthy sperm and egg, and how misregulation of these mechanisms can lead to infertility. Born in Poland, she received her M.Sc. in biology from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She earned her Ph.D. from Georg-August-University in Gottingen, Germany. To pursue her interests in reproductive biology she joined MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, Scotland as a postdoctoral fellow.  In 2008 she moved across the ocean to reunite with her family living in Connecticut and continued her research into genetic causes of infertility at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her work identified an essential signaling pathway responsible for culling of abnormal oocytes and ensuring survival of only high quality eggs. She further demonstrated that the same mechanism eliminates immature eggs exposed to radiation; a common cancer therapy which can lead to premature ovarian failure and infertility in cancer survivors. Her discovery promises new approach for fertoprotective treatments for cancer patients. She joined The Jackson Laboratory in January 2015 where she continues her work investigating genetic causes of infertility and the development of new treatments for preservation of healthy ovarian function and fertility in female cancer survivors.  

Kristin Gordon

Kristin Gordon is the Senior Director of Quality and Regulatory, Consumer Products and Services for Abbott Rapid Diagnostics.  She was appointed to her current position in October 2017, when Abbott acquired Alere, Inc. Previously, she served as the Corporate Director of Quality and Compliance, for the Americas at Alere. Ms. Gordon joined Alere in 2004. Since then, she has held a number of management positions in R&D and Project/Program Management, as well as leadership roles in Quality and Regulatory, for Alere’s Infectious Disease Diagnostics business and later in a corporate role.  Prior to joining Alere, Ms. Gordon worked for Whatman, Inc. as Corporate Director Quality and Regulatory for Medical Device, at Eastern Communications as General Manager, and as one of the original employees at IDEXX Laboratories, where she worked for 15 years in a number of management positions in Quality, Regulatory and Operations.  She has also served as a Principal Consultant with Collective Capacity, supporting life science start-ups with technical and business expertise. Kristin earned a BS in medical technology, with a minor in English, from the University of Vermont and a BS in medical biology, with a minor in chemistry, from the University of New England. She is certified in Executive Leadership through Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Kristy Townsend

Kristy Townsend, Ph.D. trained as a neuroscientist and has been investigating how the brain and nervous system affect physiological energy balance for more than 15 years.  Currently an Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at University of Maine, Townsend oversees a laboratory of 15-20 students at various levels of study, and also teaches Introduction to Neuroscience and an upper level Cell Biology course.  Research in the Townsend Laboratory is focused on mechanisms of adult neural plasticity and neurogenesis, as well as how the brain talks to adipose (or, fat) tissues via peripheral nerves.  These investigations inform the prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. The lab recently became more interested in the impacts of dietary fats and aging on energy balance and peripheral nerve function.  Prior to joining the faculty at UMaine, Townsend was a postdoctoral fellow and then junior faculty member at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston.  While there, she was the recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Junior Faculty Award.  Visit for more information.


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