BAR HARBOR — Calling 2021-2025 a new dawn for Mount Desert Biological Laboratory (MDIBL), president Hermann Haller at last week’s annual meeting laid out how this new dawn can be achieved: grow the faculty, bring in more visiting scientists and students, develop four new research groups, increase the number of postdoctoral fellows from nine in 2021 to 20 in 2025, establish biotech at MDIBL and expand facilities.   

Accomplishing this, said Haller, is not without challenges – a principal challenge is funding. The lab is in the third year of the five-year COBRE (Center of Biological Research Excellence) grant, which funds five of the current 11 research groups; the other six groups are supported by grants for which individual faculty successfully applied. Competing for these grants is not easy, said Haller, since MDIBL must compete with all the other institutions. 

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