Bar Harbor: Laboratory headquarters
The Jackson Laboratory's 43-acre campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and the mountains of Acadia National Park, one mile from downtown Bar Harbor. With a staff of nearly 1,300, the Laboratory is Downeast Maine's largest employer. That headcount includes over 200 Ph.D.s, physicians and veterinarians who staff and support 38 research teams that investigate the genetic basis of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and many other human diseases and disorders.
The Bar Harbor campus is the epicenter of The Jackson Laboratory's long-standing biomedical education and training programs. The year 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the Laboratory's popular Short Course on Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics. Bar Harbor-based educational opportunities includes a Summer Student Program for high school and college students, high school and college internships, sabbatical placements for science teachers and a year-round array of on-campus courses, conferences and workshops.
The Jackson Laboratory's Bar Harbor location is also headquarters for JAX® Mice & Services, which annually provides more than 2.7 million laboratory mice to more than 19,000 biomedical, pharmaceutical and industrial researchers throughout the world.
Furthermore, The Jackson Laboratory's cryopreservation program has been a pioneer in the preservation of mouse germplasm for more than two decades. The program has cryopreserved more than 7,500 unique mouse strains as embryos, sperm or ovaries and recovers more than 400 lines per year. More than 5,000 varieties of JAX® Mice are available as breeding mice, frozen embryos or DNA samples.