The Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) was established in 1998 as the basic science research center for the Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI). The primary research focus of CMM is built around its two Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Vascular Biology and Stem and Progenitor Cells. Other areas of research interest include cancer biology, bone disease, and kidney disease. Work in the center is supported by Core facilities in protein, nucleic acid, and cellular analysis as well as mouse transgenic and gene targeting services and small animal imaging. There are also facilities to support translational projects that includes clinical and translational research laboratory services as well as a human tissue bank. CMM occupies approximately 30,000 ft2 within an 80,000ft2 research facility that also houses clinical and translational researchers.
All of the Principal Investigators in CMM are adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, which is a cooperative PhD program with the University of Maine, The Jackson Laboratory, and four other research institutes within Maine. CMM also supports undergraduate educational opportunities through the Summer Student Research Program and internship programs.