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Arvind Thakkar

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4059

athakkar@une.edu

Pharmacy Building
317

Arvind Thakkar joined the UNE College of Pharmacy as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in March of 2017. Before joining UNE, Dr. Thakkar was a Research Assistant Professor at the Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Thakkar has made original research contributions to the field of pharmacology, including development of novel nanoparticle-based drug treatments for the prevention of aggressive pancreatic cancer, characterizing the effect of calcitonin on prostate cancer invasiveness and metastasis, characterizing prognostic biomarkers to predict... Read More

Expertise

Cancer therapy

Genomics

Personalized medicine

Cancer Biomarkers

Pre-clinical drug development

Sebastien Sannajust

Laboratory Manager & Senior Technician

Pain Education & Advocacy Collaborative Ambassador

(207) 602-2676

ssannajust@une.edu

Stella Maris
308

I graduated from UNE with a B.S. in Medical Biology and a minor in Business Administration in 2016. I started my research with Dr. Tamara King in the Fall of 2013. In the Winter of 2015, I worked as a technician and currently as a laboratory manager. I have been interested in chronic pain states from observing patients in dental clinics suffering from orofacial disorders. My interest lies in dentistry where in the lab I spearheaded a characterization model of temporomandibular... Read More

Expertise

Research program on mechanisms underlying chronic pain

Advocacy and policy practice

Adjunct Professor in the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences

Kristy Townsend is Assistant Professor of Neurobiology in the School of Biology and Ecology (SBE) at the University of Maine, cooperating faculty in the School of Food and Agriculture (SFA) and Department of Molecular and Biomedical Science (MBMS), and a faculty member in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (GSBSE).  Dr. Townsend is a UMaine grad, who went on to received her Ph.D. from... Read More

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Adjunct Professor in the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences

For over 30 years Skip has been advising companies on business strategy, product commercialization, R&D planning and business development in the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical products industries. Skip is a member of the College Corporation at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where he earned his BS in Pharmacy. He continues to maintain his license to practice pharmacy. And he serves on the Board of Overseers for Mount... Read More

Rick Feeney

Adjunct Professor in the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences

Richard Feeney, D.O., is a physiatrist and pain medicine specialist in Exeter, New Hampshire.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and is a proud graduate of UNECOM, class of 2009.  He studied physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard University/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital before pursuing further sub-specialty training through a pain medicine fellowship at University of California Davis. 

He draws on his osteopathic background often, practicing OMT and employing more advanced, minimally-invasive therapies for... Read More

Mary Johnson

Administrative Assistant, Political Science, Business and Communications, Global Studies

(207) 602-2483

mjohnson30@une.edu

Decary 334

Expertise

Guidance & Counseling

Child Development and Family Relations

Cassandra Simmons

BS Animal Behavior

Laboratory Manager

csimmons2@une.edu

Pickus Center
202

I am a University of New England Alumni, currently managing an immunology lab that investigates the underlying mechanisms of pain using peripheral nerve injury models.Read More

Eva Rose Balog

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

(207) 602-2608

ebalog@une.edu

Morgane Hall
203
On Leave: January 18, 2017 to May 12, 2017

Dr. Balog teaches chemistry and biochemistry. Her research interests include protein biochemistry, biomaterials, and biophysics.Read More

Expertise

Biochemistry

Structural Biology

Biomaterials

Nanomaterials

Enzymology

molecular biology

Program Director, NMM/OMM Plus One Residency

Assistant Clinical Professor

Faculty, NMM/OMM Plus One Residency

jpalmer@une.edu

Alfond Center
316

Dr. Joy Palmer serves as the Program Director for the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) +1 Residency program and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM).  When not at UNECOM, she has a private practice in Falmouth, Maine, Falmouth Osteopathy & Acupuncture, where she specializes in NMM/OMM.  She has been involved in teaching at various levels since completing her residency program in 2008 including Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, University... Read More

Meghan May

Meghan May

Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology and Infectious Disease)

(207) 602-2164

mmay3@une.edu

Dr. May was appointed in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of New England College of Medicine in 2013. She was previously appointed in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University from 2010-2013, and held the Fisher Endowed Chair of Biological Sciences from 2012-2013, and was appointed as a postdoctoral fellow and then a research assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology at the University of Florida. Dr. May earned her B.S. degree in... Read More

Expertise

Microbiology and the biology of infection

microbiology

Infectious Disease

Bacteriology

Virology

Parasitology

vaccines

Evolution

Infection

Emerging Diseases

molecular biology

Bioinformatics

Arafat

Hwyda A. Arafat

M.D., Ph.D., MMEL

Professor

Biomedical Sciences

(207) 602-2389

harafat@une.edu

Stella Maris
420

Dr. Hwyda Arafat graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt with highest honors. Upon completing her residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Clinical Pathology, she joined the faculty of Ain Shams University as an instructor of Anatomy and Histology. She received her Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences (Histopathology/Biochemistry) and her PhD in Cell Biology and Immunology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Arafat received her... Read More

Tamara King

Associate Professor

(207) 602-2981

tking6@une.edu

Stella Maris
308A

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... Read More

Expertise

Research program on mechanisms underlying chronic pain

Tom Klak

Professor, Dept of Environmental Studies

Board of Directors, Maine Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation

(207) 391-9496

tklak@une.edu

Decary Hall
213A2

also: Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Miami University, Oxford OH USA

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Expertise

sustainability

local ecological restoration and native landscaping

study abroad partnerships & pedagogy

the Eastern Caribbean (especially Dominica)

the theories

discourses

practices

and ecological consequences of development

American Chestnut restoration

Thomas McLaughlin

Professor

Co-Director for the Social Work Center for Research and Evaluation

(207) 221-4511

tmclaughlin@une.edu

Hersey Hall
Some room on the 4th Floor of Hersey Hall-(BTW, its Hersey not HERSHEY like the chocolate)

Born and raised in rural Maine town with no traffic lights and a limited number of stop signs, Tom is a consummate Mainer. Tom savors all things Maine which are loosely defined by the four seasons of "sea scallop season"; "maple syrup season"; "raspberry season" and, of course, "apple picking season". 

Tom is humbled by the Maine accent in his speech as it reminds him of his sense of place, where he comes from.  However, Tom’s international colleagues and friends from away claim he is... Read More

Expertise

Cost effectiveness of social service delivery systems; mental health and social welfare policy delivery systems and policies; community organizing; non-profit organizational management and sustainable infrastructure; social service research infrastructure

Stephen Burt

Stephen Burt

BFA,MFA

Associate Professor and Chair

(207) 602-2193

sburt@une.edu

Creative and Fine Arts Building

Stephen Burt is painter and printmaker. Born in Deland, Florida in 1962. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 1987) and SUNY Purchase (MFA 1991). Burt has exhibited in both international and national venues including most recently at Rose Contemporary in Portland, ME, Bradbury Gallery- State University of Arizona, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy, and the International Print Center in New York City. Recent major exhibitions have been at Engine in Biddeford, ME (2011), Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill,... Read More

Expertise

Painting

drawing

and printmaking.I have an abiding passion for the figurative and decorative art of the Renaissance and Baroque periods and have researched it extensively as part of my studio practice.

Steven Eric Byrd

Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese; Director of Latin American Studies Minor

(207) 602-2579

sbyrd@une.edu

Decary Hall
351

Expertise

Spanish and Portuguese language teaching and linguistics

Afro-Brazilian speech

Latin American Studies

Robert Lenox

Professor of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience; President, RHL Consulting, LLC, Biopharmaceutical CNS Drug Discovery and Development

(207) 602-2336

rlenox@une.edu

Off-Campus
Stella Maris 331

Dr. Lenox has had a distinguished academic research and teaching career for over 25 years as a respected psychiatrist and neuroscientist with continuous NIH grant funding and more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, as well as reviews and book chapters, in the fields of molecular neuropharmacology and clinical psychopharmacology. He is also the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors that recognize his contributions to medicine, including the NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award, Editor-in-Chief of Neuropsychopharmacology, Life Fellow of the American College... Read More

Expertise

CNS drug discovery and development for both psychiatric and neurological disorders; molecular neuropharmacology and clinical psychopharmacology

Markus Frederich headshot

Professor of Marine Sciences

(207) 602-2406

mfrederich@une.edu

Marine Science Center
218

Dr. Frederich is a Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of New England. He received his masters degree in biology from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, where he investigated anatomical abnormalities in ants that got exposed to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Bremen, Germany for his work at the Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. Here he investigated stress physiology mechanisms in Antarctic crustaceans. For... Read More

Expertise

Temperature physiology

polar biology

energy metabolism

crustacean biology

marine invertebrates