April 16, 2014

Message from the Chairman and the President

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joan ruderman.color.2008joan.ruderman.signature 2012 Top Highlights

•  Harvard biologist and long-time MBL Trustee Joan Ruderman appointed President and Director of the MBL

•  Michael Sheetz, James Spudich, and Ron Vale, who discovered the motor protein kinesin at the MBL in 1984, were awarded the Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research

•  MBL Catalyst Campaign was completed, surpassing goal of $125 million with $136 million raised as of December 31, 2012

•  $835,889 in scholarships awarded to 252 highly qualified students

•  MBL educational programs trained 562 students from 345 institutions in 52 countries

 John W. Rowe, M.D.
Chair, MBL Board of Trustees
 Joan V. Ruderman
MBL President and Director

2012 was a year of transitions. Notably, the MBL welcomed its 14th Director and President Joan V. Ruderman, formerly MBL Trustee and Marion V. Nelson Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School. We concluded the Catalyst Campaign, which raised more than $136 million dollars
since 2006.

The lab also charted a course to form a landmark affiliation with the University of Chicago, involving months of discussion and input from many communities. This new link will contribute to both institutions’ missions of research and education, and will help strengthen the MBL’s financial foundation.

MBL and the University of Chicago have a long history together dating to their earliest days. The University is a renowned research institution with a great record of complementing the strengths and missions of its other affiliates. The affiliation strengthens both institutions’ missions of leadership and innovation in scientific research and education.  It also promises to foster areas of research and training in areas ranging from molecular mechanisms of basic cellular processes to global-scale ecosystem analysis. The affiliation also offers opportunities to build collaborative research and educational programs in areas including neuroscience, evolutionary and developmental biology, regenerative biology, cell biology, microbial sciences, molecular engineering, ecosystems science, and global environmental change.

While working toward the affiliation, the MBL continued to make its mark in our three major program areas: education, visiting research, and year-round research. The photo essay on pages 3-11 provides a summary of the year’s highlights, including the Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for work done in part at the MBL by three scientists with strong MBL ties.

We also worked to resolve ongoing deficits and cash shortfalls. Full details of this year’s financials can be found on pages 14-15.

2012 was both challenging and revitalizing. We are tremendously grateful to our faculty, staff, trustees, overseers, funders, and other supporters for not only standing by the MBL, but also for helping position the MBL to fulfill its potential to impact the biological sciences in far-reaching ways.