Advanced Research Training Courses


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The model of education and research training developed at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is highly successful and has fostered top-notch science around the world. From its founding in 1888, the MBL has integrated education with research and thereby generated many breakthroughs in science while also creating generations of scientific pioneers.

Each year, MBL courses attract a diverse population of over 500 of the best and brightest graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from more than 300 institutions and over 30 countries. Students are empowered to pursue science at the very highest levels: they have access to state-of-the-art equipment generously loaned to MBL by scientific vendors and they work directly with outstanding faculty from around the world, day after day, pursuing novel experiments that test new ideas and foster a globe-spanning network of collaboration. From this develops a fearlessness about doing science.

MBL courses welcome all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or country of origin. We are committed to developing a diverse scientific and academic workforce.

MBL courses derive major support from grants awarded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, The Grass Foundation, and the Simons Foundation.