MBL Study is Among the “Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2017” | Smithsonian Magazine

December 18th, 2017 @

By Diana Kenney Cephalopod research by the MBL’s Joshua Rosenthal has been chosen as one of the “Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2017” by Smithsonian Magazine. Last spring, Rosenthal and colleagues reported in Cell on the prolific amount of RNA editing (at the expense of DNA evolution) they had discovered in squid, octopus, and cuttlefish. […]

MBL Research Featured in Inaugural UChicago Science Newsletter

November 9th, 2017 @

UChicago’s Alumni Relations and Development Communications team recently launched a monthly science e-newsletter,  μChicago, that offers a glimpse into the labs, fields, and minds of UChicago scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. The first issue, focused on cephalopods, features the work of MBL faculty and staff. The first issue, A Sucker for Science, features the work of Roger […]

Microscopy Technologies Invented at MBL to Be Augmented with New Grant

November 7th, 2017 @

By Diana Kenney. The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant to MBL Associate Scientist Michael Shribak to further develop two microscopy techniques that were invented at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL): quantitative orientation-independent differential interference contrast (OI-DIC) and polarized light microscopy. Read more>>

Inspired by Octopus Skin, Engineers Develop a Programmable “Camouflaging” Material

November 6th, 2017 @

By Diana Kenney. WOODS HOLE, Mass.—For the octopus and cuttlefish, instantaneously changing their skin color and pattern to disappear into the environment is just part of their camouflage prowess. These animals can also swiftly and reversibly morph their skin into a textured, 3D surface, giving the animal a ragged outline that mimics seaweed, coral, or […]

Microscope Invented at MBL Reveals Density of Chromosomal “Dark Matter”

September 27th, 2017 @

By Diana Kenney. Using a microscope invented at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), a collaborative team of biologists, instrument developers, and computational scientists has for the first time measured the density of a relatively inscrutable, highly condensed form of chromosomal material that appears in the cells of human beings and other eukaryotes. MBL scientists Michael […]

FACULTY SEARCH: The Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering

September 25th, 2017 @

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) announces a search for an outstanding, innovative candidate to join The Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering at the MBL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Preference will be given to appointments at the Assistant Scientist rank, although exceptional candidates at the Associate Scientist level will also be considered. […]

New Grant Will Establish Core Facility for Genome Editing at MBL

August 30th, 2017 @

MBL Senior Scientist Joshua Rosenthal has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a core facility for genome editing at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Read more>>

Grant will Expand MBL Study of Neural Defects in Parkinson’s, Other Diseases

August 30th, 2017 @

By Diana Kenney. MBL Eugene Bell Center Director Jennifer Morgan has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the mechanisms underlying the cognitive deficits that occur in Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and variants of Alzheimer’s disease. A pathological hallmark of these diseases is aggregation of the protein α-synuclein at synapses, […]

A Home For Cephalopods At MBL

August 7th, 2017 @

By Andrea F. Carter. The California two-spot octopus was anticipating dinner last week. Its tentacles spread out, and the two spots on either side of its body that give the animal its name darkened. Bret Grasse, the manager of cephalopod operation at the Marine Biological Laboratory where the octopus resides, described this as common behavior […]

Marko Horb, Ph.D., promoted to Senior Scientist in the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering at MBL

July 19th, 2017 @

Please join us in congratulating Marko Horb, who has recently been appointed to the position of Senior Scientist in the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering. Marko also serves as the Director of the National Xenopus Resource. His research and experience developing the Xenopus model are crucial to the current efforts of […]