Linde Packman Lab
for Biosciences Innovation

Redefining Education in the Biosciences

The Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences Innovation prepares Colby students to become the next generation of science leaders and innovators. We connect students with opportunities, programs, and funding to ensure transformative science experiences, on campus and around the world.

Apply for Funding

Colby students with interest in biosciences and medical sciences are invited to apply for Linde Packman Lab funding to support summer or Jan Plan opportunities with research institutions across the globe.

Colby College at Jackson Laboratory Trisha Mukerjee ’21 during her summer research experience at the MDI Biological Laboratory in 2019.

Partners and Opportunities

The Linde Packman Lab is developing partnerships with a number of research scientists, institutions, companies, and other biotech and bioscience organizations across the country to facilitate student experiences.

Colby College students Sarah Morgan ’21 and Tommy DeAngelo ’22 studied at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 2019.

For more information about available options, or to start your search for funding opportunities, please contact Andrea Tilden, J. Warren Merrill Associate Professor of Biology at Colby College and director of the Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences Innovation, at [email protected].

The Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences Innovation offers a variety of programs and funding options for Colby students through DavisConnects. To learn more, please visit the DavisConnects portal.

Signature Initiatives

Pulver Science Scholars

This extraordinary program, established by a generous gift of Trustee David Pulver ’63, creates guaranteed opportunities for 10 selected students per class to study some of the greatest problems of modern science through an integrated approach that cuts across traditional science disciplines working under the mentorship of world-renowned scientists.

Each Pulver Science Scholar is guaranteed funding for two internships to explore the science disciplines of their choice. They may select from curated programs offered through the Linde Packman Lab, or they may design their own opportunities with guidance from program mentors.

Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS)

CAPS supports students from under-resourced and traditionally underrepresented groups as they prepare for the rigorous study of the natural sciences. Students spend six weeks at Colby the summer prior to their first year, working with professors in the laboratory and in the glorious Maine outdoors — such as pristine Allen Island.

Since CAPS began in 2010, there has been a marked increase in science majors from diverse backgrounds at Colby, and the program has become a model for colleges and universities working to address issues of persistence in the sciences.

2017 CAPS students

Colby Cancer Consortium

The Cancer Consortium teams doctors, laboratory scientists, computational genomicists, epidemiologists, and others to create distinctive opportunities for Colby students interested in the study of cancer. Partner institutions include Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering, The Jackson Laboratory, and the Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative.

Through the consortium, Colby students will investigate the major questions and barriers in cancer research alongside leading scientists in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genomics, computer science, statistics, computational biology, evolutionary biology, physics, psychology, and more.

About the Linde Packman Lab

Established in 2018 by a major contribution from Karen Linde Packman ’88 and Jeff Packman ’88, the Linde Packman Lab establishes a pipeline for ambitious and talented Colby students from all backgrounds to pursue College-funded research, internship, and global opportunities to prepare for careers in biotechnology, biomedicine, ocean sciences, genomics, and bioinformatics.