MBL Scientists Identify Drug that Improves Neuronal Survival after Spinal Cord Injury in Lamprey

By Diana Kenney Spinal cord injury (SCI) in humans typically has a poor prognosis, including permanent losses in mobility and sensation, reflecting in part our very limited capacity for neural regeneration. To understand these limits on recovery after SCI, MBL Associate Scientist Jennifer Morgan studies the lamprey, a fish that can spontaneously regenerate neurons after […]

MBL Scientists Discover Highly Organized Structures in Microbial Communities with Novel Imaging Approach

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.– Bacteria usually live in mixed communities with many different kinds of bacteria present. But it’s been largely unknown how these communities are organized, because the technology didn’t exist to see how they are structured in space. This week, for the first time, scientists describe […]

“Natural Born Hustlers” on PBS Features Roger Hanlon’s Camouflaging Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are astonishingly good at using camouflage to hide from their predators, so it’s right they take a starring role in a new PBS mini-series called “Natural Born Hustlers.” “Meet the planet’s greatest animal hustlers – the con artists, impersonators, and thieves – animals that will do whatever it takes to survive,” the show’s introduction […]

Of Whales, Scales, and Microbes: New Program for UChicago Undergraduates at MBL Offers Broad View of Marine Biodiversity

Julie Huber Presents “Planet Microbe” at UChicago 125th Anniversary Event

Tapping into Marine Biodiversity to Address Questions Not Yet Imagined

The study of life processes has long depended on a small set of so-called model organisms that are amenable to laboratory manipulation and emerged, whether by reasoned choice or experimental serendipity, as favorites for study by legions of scientists and students. But not by everyone. As Amy Gladfelter, professor of cell biology at Dartmouth College […]

How Does a Highly Efficient Swimmer Move? Jellyfish, Lamprey Study Reveals Surprising Forces At Play

Contacts: Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering tabate@stanford.edu; 650-736-2245 Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 STANFORD, Calif. and WOODS HOLE, Mass. − Millions of years ago, even before plate tectonics had nudged the continents into their current locations, jellyfish were already moving through the oceans using the same pulsing motions we observe today. Now through clever […]

Scientists Call for Unified Initiative to Advance Microbiome Research

A group of leading scientists representing a wide range of disciplines has formed a unified initiative to support basic research, technological development, and commercial applications to better understand and thoughtfully harness capabilities of Earth’s vast systems of microorganisms. In a Science article published Oct. 30, 2015, 17 U.S. scientists–including microbiologists, physicists, chemists and physicians–will announce the creation […]

MBL Announces New Education Director

Rae Nishi, Ph.D., Professor of Neurological Sciences at the University of Vermont (UVM), has been named the Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education at the MBL, a title that recognizes a gift to the MBL from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Nishi succeeds William Reznikoff, Ph.D., who has been the MBL Director of Education since 2010. Her […]

MBL Scientist Receives Career Development Award to Study Aging Processes

Kristin Gribble, an assistant research scientist at the MBL, has received a highly competitive, 5-year Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. Gribble is studying the rotifer, a microscopic aquatic zooplankton, to explore the evolution and genomics of aging processes. Her work has been important in establishing the rotifer as […]