University of Chicago Pilots Undergraduate “September Courses” at MBL

“It’s intense—and enjoyable,” University of Chicago undergraduate Savy Johnson says of the new course that has landed her on the MBL’s Woods Hole campus for three weeks this September. Johnson is taking “Observing Proteins in Action: How to Design and Build Your Own Instruments,” one of three new courses at MBL offered to UChicago undergraduates […]

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

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 Shribak (the microscope’s […]

Innovative UChicago, MBL Training Program in Quantitative Biology Garners Federal Award

By Rob Mitchum As biology transforms into a discipline driven by ever-expanding datasets and computational analysis, students need new forms of training to follow best practices and build a successful research career. With a new award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division (BSD) will test an innovative curriculum […]

Bringing Cephalopod Culture to New Heights at the MBL

Bret Grasse joined the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) last spring as Manager of Cephalopod Operations, a new position in the Marine Resources Center. Cephalopods (squid, octopus, cuttlefish, and nautilus) have unique characteristics that make them excellent research subjects in many fields, including neuroscience, physiology, behavioral science, evolutionary development, materials science, and robotics. However, new methods […]

MBL Resident and Whitman Scientists Receive Award to Develop New Genomic Tools

One of the biggest gaps in biological knowledge today is the ability to predict an organism’s physical characteristics – its phenotype – from what is known about its genetics. Understanding this relationship can lead to numerous benefits, from new disease treatments to better crop yields. To this end, the National Science Foundation has issued $14 […]

New Program Engages Scientists, Historians, and Philosophers in Collaborations at MBL

While historians and philosophers of science have long held discourse at the Marine Biological Laboratory – most notably at the annual Seminar in the History of Biology – MBL scientists have had few opportunities to interact with them and explore the rewards of interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. This has just become much easier through a […]

Newly Discovered DNA Sequences Can Protect Chromosomes in Rotifers: Findings May Have Implications for Aging Research

By Jennifer Tsang Rotifers are tough, microscopic organisms highly resistant to radiation and repeated cycles of dehydration and rehydration. Now Irina Arkhipova, Irina Yushenova, and Fernando Rodriguez of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have discovered another protective mechanism of this hardy organism: the Terminons. Their findings, which can have implications for research on aging and […]

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 […]