NSF Awards Marine Biological Laboratory $5.9 Million for Coastal Marsh Research

Anne Giblin, interim director of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory, has been awarded a $5.9 million National Science Foundation renewal grant to study how sea-level rise, climate change, and human impacts are reshaping the marshes and estuaries behind Plum Island, Mass., the largest remaining marsh area in the northeastern United States. Giblin […]

Marine Biological Laboratory Director Elected to National Academy of Medicine

WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Huntington F. Willard, Ph.D., president and director of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the Academy announced today. Election is considered one of the highest honors in the health and medical fields and recognizes […]

New Microscope Developed at MBL Reveals Nanoscale Structural Dynamics in Live Cells

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. —Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and colleagues have unveiled a new microscope that can track the position and orientation of individual molecules in living cells—nanoscale measurements that until now have posed a significant challenge. As reported this week in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, the […]

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

Contact: Diana Kenney, dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, MASS.—Taking a cue from medical imaging, scientists have invented a multi-view microscope that captures higher-resolution, 3D images of live cells and tissues without upping the dose of potentially harmful radiation the specimens receive. The researchers, who work collaboratively at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Whitman Center, published their results […]

Four Scientists are Named Distinguished Scientists of the Marine Biological Laboratory

Contact: Diana Kenney; dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Four scientists yesterday were named Distinguished Scientists of the Marine Biological Laboratory, joining a group of six other researchers who have previously received the institution’s highest honor. The title of Distinguished Scientist is conferred to highly accomplished scientists whose exceptional work at the Marine Biological Laboratory is of […]

MBL’s Jerry Melillo is Appointed to Sustained National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced the appointment of 15 members, including MBL Distinguished Scientist Jerry Melillo, to the new Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. This committee will advise the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Global Change Research Program, through NOAA, on sustained climate […]

New Microbiome Center to Combine MBL, University of Chicago, and Argonne Expertise

Note: The Microbiome Center is one of numerous commitments in support of the National Microbiome Initiative, which is being launched at a White House event today (1-4 PM EDT) with several Microbiome Center faculty in attendance. Livestream: whitehouse.gov/live Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 The University of Chicago, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and the U.S. Department of […]

A Cell Senses Its Curves: New Research from the Whitman Center

Can a cell sense its own shape? Working in the MBL’s Whitman Center research community, scientists from Dartmouth College developed an ingenious experiment to ask this question. Their conclusion – Yes – is detailed in a recent paper in the Journal of Cell Biology. “Cells adopt diverse shapes that are related to how they function. […]

How Did Paired Human Limbs Evolve? Whitman Center Study Targets Role of Gill Arches in Fish

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Sharks, skates, and rays are oddities among the fish: They have appendages growing out of the gill arches, small cradles of bones that support the gills. This anatomical peculiarity has led to the proposal that the paired limbs of humans, and before that the paired fins of fish, […]

Building Immunity: MBL Whitman Center Scientists Recreate a T-Cell Receptor Signaling Pathway

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.— The front line of the human immune system is made up of T-cells: white blood cells that circulate in the body and scan for foreign invaders and infections. If a T-cell surface receptor detects a threat during its surveillance, it relays a signal to the interior of the cell […]