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Ryan McDonald, Ph.D.

The Department of Marine Biotechnology would like to congratulate Ryan McDonald for being recognized by his mentor Dr. Hal Schreier with the Outstanding Graduating PhD Student Award.

Dr. McDonald graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) on May 21 with a degree in Biological Sciences. He is currently working at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) as an Assistant Scientist in Dr. J. Sook Chung’s lab.

Salmon Aquaculture Network Project Underway

Mar 25, 2020

IMET-UMBC Faculty and Director of ARC Dr. Yonathan Zohar is the lead P.I. on the Recirculating Aquaculture Salmon Network (RAS-N). RAS-N, which was awarded a $1.2 million grant, is a national public-private partnership that brings together many partners to build capacity for land-based Atlantic salmon aquaculture in the US. At the end of 2019, the group convened in Wisconsin for their first annual meeting. In February of this year, RAS-N organized a dedicated Salmon RAS session at the Aquaculture America 2020 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, where several partners and others presented their progress. You can read more about the project and these meetings on the Maryland SeaGrant Blog.


Dr. Colleen Burge invited to speak at UTA

Arlington, TX (October 22, 2015)Dr. Colleen Burge, an Assistant Professor at IMET, was invited to give a lecture at the University of Texas at Arlington as part of their colloquium lecture series. Dr. Burge’s lecture, titled “Host-Pathogen Interactions in a Changing Ocean”, discussed her research on diseases in sea stars and oysters, and the effects they have on the marine environment. Please watch the video above for more coverage on Dr. Burge’s lecture.


  • IMET's Annual Open House

    Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology  Annual Open House  Saturday, May 6  100-4:00PM  701 E. Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202
    Posted: May 1, 2017 11:47 AM
  • Mildred Homa Receives Recognition at Awards Ceremony

    UMBC 2017 Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony
    Hundreds gathered to celebrate colleagues’ achievements and dedication to the Retriever community at the UMBC Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony, held on April 5. The annual...
    Posted: April 7, 2017 1:11 PM
  • Greetings from Smøla Island in Norway

    DMB/IMET scientists are helping salmon aquaculture in Norway become more environmentally responsible. 
    Posted: February 8, 2017 11:59 AM
  • Colleen Burge Plenary Speaker at UMBC’s

    Life Sciences Research Symposium
    UMBC’s 19th Undergraduate Research Symposium in Chemical and Biological Sciences on October 22, 2016, drew a record number of talented young researchers from across the mid-Atlantic. Of the 647...
    Posted: November 8, 2016 8:07 PM
  • Congratulations to Dr. Olivia Spicer

    On Friday, September 9th Olivia Smith Spicer defended her thesis entitled, "Molecular Mechanisms Involved in Lpxrfa and Gnrh3 Regulation of the Brain-Pituitary-Gonand Axis of the Zebrafish (Danio...
    Posted: October 3, 2016 1:06 PM
  • UMBC scientist launches company to commercialize new oral

    Vaccine to save fish industry millions
    UMBC scientist launches company to commercialize new oral vaccine to save fish industry millions Every year, millions of fish raised in aquaculture die of nervous necrosis virus...
    Posted: September 26, 2016 2:54 PM
  • Mildred Homa Receives Board of Regents' Staff Award

    On Friday, September 9, 2016, Towson University hosted a special breakfast ceremony for the USM Board of Regents Staff Awards. Mildred Homa, Researcher Administrator for the Department of Marine...
    Posted: September 16, 2016 12:43 PM
  • UMBC Ph.D. student makes surprise discovery

    UMBC Ph.D. student makes surprise discovery of natural back-up system in fish reproduction What happens when a scientist gets a research result that flies in the face of their...
    Posted: July 15, 2016 3:45 PM
  • UMBC Administrator Announced to Receive USM/BOR Staff Award

    Adelphi, MD (June 21, 2016) Mildred Homa, IMET’s UMBC Administrator, is the recipient of a 2016 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Staff Award for Effectiveness and Efficiency. Each...
    Posted: June 22, 2016 1:51 PM
  • Yoni Zohar explains how his lab became the first to farm

    bluefin tuna in land-based aquaculture
    Yoni Zohar explains how his lab became the first to farm bluefin tuna in land-based aquaculture UMBC’s Yonathan Zohar, professor and chair of marine biotechnology, offers a glimpse into his...
    Posted: June 15, 2016 10:30 AM