Visiting scientists in the Murawala lab

Visiting scientist program

  • The Murawala lab firmly believes that today’s science is highly interdisciplinary and requires collaborative efforts among like-minded people. 
  • With an active visiting scientist program at MDIBLevery year we welcome many researchers from across the world to spend a few weeks/months with us in the pristine environment of Mount Desert Island. These researchers enrich our knowledge and also get opportunities to learn science that is ongoing in our lab. 
  • If you would like to visit our lab to foster collaborations, please write to Prayag
Prof. McCusker
Prof. Maddin
Dr. Roeles

Catherine McCusker, Visiting Scientist 2022

– Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Prof. McCusker studied craniofacial development using Xenopus during her Ph.D.  in the lab of Dr. Alfandari at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She did her postdoc with Prof. Susan Bryant and Prof. David Gardiner at the University of California, Irvine studying axolotl limb regeneration. Since 2015, she is running her own lab at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in the department of Biology. Her core interests are limb development and limb regeneration. The Murawala lab collaborates with the McCusker lab on the role of nerves during axolotl limb regeneration.

– My publications

 Lab website

Hillary Maddin, Visiting Scientist 2022

– Associate Professor, Carleton University & Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada

Prof. Maddin did her Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at the University of Calgary and her postdoc with Prof. James Hanken at the Harvard University. Since 2015, she is running her own lab at the Carleton University. Her core interests are morphological and structural evolution of body plan with a special focus on amphibians. The Murawala lab collaborates with the Maddin lab on fin to limb evolution and understanding the principles of limb field induction.

– My publications

 Lab website


Johannes Roeles, Visiting scientist 2021

– Resident Physician, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany

Dr. Roeles did his medical doctorate (Dr. med.) from Hannover Medical School, Germany. Currently, he is serving as a resident physician at the Clinic for Kidney and Hypertension Diseases, Hannover Medical school. Dr. Roeles is passionate about vascular architecture of kidney.  He is a visiting scientist in the Murawala Lab at MDIBL, where he is learning the basis of tissue clearing and light-sheet microscopy which he wants to apply to African turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri). Additionally, Dr. Roeles is studying systemic effect of metamorphosis in axolotl. 

– My publications