Welcome to the MBL

Discover us. Discover biology. Discover you.

Whether you are new to the MBL or a longtime member of our scientific family we invite you to explore what is so special about the MBL. Our blend of research and education has been transformative for generations of biologists, since the first students and faculty arrived at this seaside marine lab in 1888.

Anchored in this tradition but pointed firmly towards the future, today’s MBL addresses some of the world’s most pressing scientific questions, committed to fundamental biological discovery and with a strategic focus on understanding the oceans, marine life, and the science of our changing planet. READ MORE >


The MBL offers immersive courses, workshops, and conferences year-round. Central to the MBL’s identity are its advanced, discovery-based courses for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. READ MORE >


MBL scientists pursue research in diverse areas of fundamental biological discovery, to explore the origins, diversity, and nature of life on a changing planet and to inform the human condition. READ MORE >

Convening at MBL

The MBL’s convening power attracts the world’s most accomplished scientists to Woods Hole to carry out some of their most creative and far-reaching work. READ MORE >

MBL Headlines

Every Photon is Valuable: New Microscope Captures “Lost” Fluorescence, Improving Resolution

Authors of Optica paper include Marine Biological Laboratory collaborators Hari Shroff (NIH) and Patrick La Rivière (University of Chicago).

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From The Well

UChicago, MBL Study Illuminates How Fins Evolved into Fingers and Toes

Work initiated in the MBL Whitman Center by Tetsuya Nakamurua provides insight on the evolutionary path from fish to four-limbed animals.

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The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.