Research Topics

Mark Brezinski



My entire career (and training), prior to joining the UNE team part time in 2015, has been faculty at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.  This has been as a researcher, educator, and physician. 

Research- My group’s research can be divided into two areas, clinical and basic science.  

Basic: Our basic science work has been, since the early 1990’s, focused on the development and clinical application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). ... Read More


Physician - Multidisciplinary Over 25 years practicing and teaching injury prevention (functional movement)


and internal medicine..

Basic Scientist - Pioneered and advanced for over two decades the imaging technology optical coherence tomography. It is FDA approved or in trials in ophthalmology



and GYN.

Clinical Scientist- In addition to clinical trials in OCT

have active trials ongoing in gait correction

patellofemoral syndrome

and scapular dysfunction.


RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP)

Assistive Technology Specialist

Special Education Consultant

Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Ph.D. ATP is an educator with over 20 years of teaching students with disabilities. She is currently the Assistive Technology Specialist for RSU 21 in Kennebunk, Maine while joyfully serving as an Adjunct Faculty Member for the Online Graduate Programs in Education. She is a huge advocate of leveraging technology to improve student learning outcomes, curricular access, and equity in education for all students. Hillary... Read More


Special Education

assistive technology

Universal Design for Learning

Curriculum & Instruction

Educational Technology

Arvind Thakkar

Assistant Clinical Professor

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

(207) 221-4059

Pharmacy Building

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


Cancer therapy


Personalized medicine

Cancer Biomarkers

Pre-clinical drug development

Cancer Pharmacology

John Waterman

(207) 602-2108

Marcil Hall

John Waterman is an Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy. He teaches courses on bioethics, the intellectual history of ideas, and on the experimental philosophy of mind. A native New Englander, he recently moved back to Maine with his wife Barbara, and their three children Ida, Hazel, and Noel. He received an M.Sc. in the philosophy of science from The London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University.Read More



Bio-Medical Ethics


Lauren Payne

Lauren Payne


PGY-1 - Maine Medical Center

PGY-2 - Critical Care Pharmacy - Maine Medical Center

(207) 221-4178

Pharmacy Building

Lauren is a homegrown Mainer with an abundance of state pride. After graduating from John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, she began her undergraduate studies at the University of Maine before transferring to the University of New England (UNE) to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Lauren then completed two years of postgraduate residency training at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland, earning a specialty in critical care pharmacy. Her numerous teaching opportunities, including completion of a teaching certification program, fostered a real passion for... Read More

Sebastien Sannajust

Laboratory Manager & Senior Technician

Pain Education & Advocacy Collaborative Ambassador

(207) 602-2676

Stella Maris

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


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

S irving

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

Decary 334


Guidance & Counseling

Child Development and Family Relations

Takashi Komabayashi

Takashi Komabayashi

D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., Ph.D.

Clinical Professor

Goddard Hall

Dr. Takashi Komabayashi is a Clinical Professor at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine and a Dental Officer of the United States Army Reserve. He received a D.D.S. degree from the University of Hiroshima in 1998, a Ph.D. in dental material from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 2002, a D.D.S. from the University of California San Francisco in 2005, and a Certificate and M.Dent.Sc. in Endodontics from the University of Connecticut in 2008. Dr. Komabayashi... Read More



Dental Materials

Eva Rose Balog

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

(207) 602-2608

Morgane Hall
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



Structural Biology




molecular biology

Joy Palmer, DO

Program Director, NMM/OMM Plus One Residency

Faculty, NMM/OMM Plus One Residency

Adjunct Faculty, OMM Department

Alfond Center

Dr. Joy Palmer serves as the Program Director for the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) +1 Residency program and is an Adjunct 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 of New... Read More

Meghan May

Meghan May


Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology and Infectious Disease)

(207) 602-2164

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


Microbiology and the biology of infection


Infectious Disease







Emerging Diseases

molecular biology



Hwyda Arafat

M.D., Ph.D., MSc. MEdL


Biomedical Sciences

(207) 602-2389

Stella Maris

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

teresa dzieweczynski

Associate Professor

Program Coordinator, Animal Behavior Major

(207) 602-2578

Decary Hall

In general, my research group investigates how pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and other pollutants that might enter the enivronment through man-made means negatively affect the behavior of the fish living in these polluted waters. Behavior is both a very sensitive and rapid endpoint of exposure and has important fitness implications. We study many different behaviors that are important for species survival, from exploration to courtship. In addition to this overarching theme, we are also interested in how and why individuals,... Read More


courtship and aggression; influence of social environment on behavior; individual variation in behavior; behavioral endocrinology; fish behavior; communication networks; effects of endocrine disrupters and inadvertant pharmaceutical exposure on fish behav

Tamara King

Associate Professor

(207) 602-2981

Stella Maris

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


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

Decary Hall

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

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local ecological restoration and native landscaping

study abroad partnerships & pedagogy

the Eastern Caribbean (especially Dominica)

the theories



and ecological consequences of development

American Chestnut restoration

Thomas McLaughlin


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

(207) 221-4511

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


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