Three Postdoctoral Scientists to Establish Labs at MBL as Hibbitt Early Career Fellows

Three talented postdoctoral scientists have been named the inaugural Hibbitt Early Career Fellows at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), which gives them the rare opportunity to establish research programs of their own as an alternative to traditional postdoctoral positions. Caroline Albertin, Kristen Hunter-Cevera, and B. Duygu Özpolat will receive the necessary support to work as […]

Ron Vale Receives 2017 Shaw Prize for Discovery of Motor Protein Family, Kinesin, at MBL

Ronald D. Vale, who led a group of scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) to the seminal discovery of kinesin, one of the major families of motor proteins, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine. Vale was a graduate student visiting the MBL in the mid-1980s when he […]

MBL’s Jerry Melillo Leads Gulf Research Board at National Academy of Sciences

Jerry Melillo, Distinguished Scientist and director emeritus of The Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), has been named chairman of the Gulf Research Program Advisory Board. This board, based at the National Academy of Sciences, is developing a strategy to invest $500 million over 30 years into research, monitoring, and capacity-building programs to […]

MBL Awards Fellowships to Science and Health Journalists

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Thirteen journalists have been awarded Logan Science Journalism Fellowships from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for biological and environmental research and education and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. Now in its 31st year, the Logan Science Journalism Program (SJP) allows established science and health journalists to […]

Coral Researcher Loretta Roberson Joins Marine Biological Laboratory

WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Loretta Roberson has been appointed to the position of Associate Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Roberson’s research aims for a better understanding of coral bleaching and growth by studying the gene activity of Caribbean coral. She comes to the MBL from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), where she was […]

“Smart” Cephalopods Trade Off Genome Evolution for Prolific RNA Editing

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are famous for engaging in complex behavior, from unlocking an aquarium tank and escaping to instantaneous skin camouflage to hide from predators. A new study suggests their evolutionary path to neural sophistication includes a novel mechanism: Prolific RNA editing at the expense of evolution in […]

Linda Amaral-Zettler Receives Fulbright Award to Study Extreme Bacteria

By Claudia Geib The Rio Tinto, an acidic, rust-colored river flowing through the Iberian Peninsula, is often used to study the sort of extreme life that might live on Mars—so Linda Amaral-Zettler was surprised to find a potential human pathogen in the river. Amaral-Zettler, an associate scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, has received a […]

MBL Study Illuminates the Origin of Vertebrate Gills

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass.—What did the last common ancestor of the vertebrate animals — a very small, soft-bodied marine organism that lived about 600 million years ago — look like? While the portrait is still emerging, a new study indicates that it had gills. This week in Current Biology, J. Andrew Gillis of […]

Eight Early-Career Scientists Receive Awards to Carry Out Research in MBL Whitman Center

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has announced the recipients of this year’s Whitman Center Early Career Investigator Awards, which enable exceptional scientists from around the world to conduct research at the MBL and take advantage of its resources and collaborative scientific community. The eight awardees will be supported for up to ten weeks to pursue […]

Squid and Cephalopod Scientist Joshua Rosenthal Joins Marine Biological Laboratory Faculty

Joshua C. Rosenthal, a neurobiologist who studies how marine organisms adapt to the physical environment, has been appointed to the position of Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Rosenthal comes to the MBL from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, where he was a Professor in the Institute of Neurobiology. His […]