B. Kristy L. Townsend, Ph.D.

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Kristy Townsend, Ph.D.

Office: 301 Hitchner Hall, University of Maine, Orono ME 04473

Phone: (207) 581-2541 (office); (207) 581- 2545 (lab)

Email: kristy.townsend@maine.edu

Current Position:

Associate Professor of Neurobiology (effective Sept. 2019)

School of Biology and Ecology (SBE), University of Maine

Graduate faculty in the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE)

Previous: Nov. 1, 2014-Spring 2019 – Assistant Professor Neurobiology (tenure track)




Ph.D. Neuroscience, Boston University, August 2007, thesis advisor Eric P. Widmaier; Thesis title: Mechanisms of high fat -induced obesity in mice and premigration/prehibernation fattening in bats.

B.S. Biochemistry (with highest honors), University of Maine, May 2002

Other Positions:

Adjunct Faculty, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Portland ME

Adjunct Faculty, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston MA

Visiting Faculty, Children’s hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA (Endocrinology division, Breault Lab)

Adjunct Faculty, University of New England, Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences

Cooperating Faculty, School of Food and Agriculture, University of Maine

Cooperating Faculty, Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, University of Maine

              Cooperating Faculty, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, University of Maine

             Cooperating Faculty, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS)

Cooperating Faculty (Faculty Fellows), Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, University of Maine, April 2015-present

Postdoctoral Training/Junior Faculty Positions:

Postdoctoral Fellow, King’s College London (St. Thomas and Guy’s Hospitals), October 2007-May 2009

Postdoctoral fellow, Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School, May 2009-Jan 2013

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Jan 2013-Nov 2014

Research Associate, Joslin Diabetes Center, Jan 2013-Nov 2014