Malaria Researcher to Discuss How Genomics is Used to Understand Disease at June 23 Friday Evening Lecture

WOODS HOLE, MA—Malaria is an important human disease and is the target of a global eradication campaign. Professor Dyann Wirth of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The Broad Institute will discuss how her laboratory is leveraging the genomic tools of the human genome project to better understand the fundamental biology of […]

Jeffrey Hubbell Named Inaugural Bell Professor in Tissue Engineering

Professorship will promote innovative work at UChicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering and the Marine Biological Laboratory Prof. Jeffrey Hubbell, a biomaterials scientist and entrepreneur, has been named the inaugural Eugene Bell Professor in Tissue Engineering at the University of Chicago. The Bell Professorship was created to promote innovative work at UChicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering […]

Studies Highlight New Research Approaches at MBL Frog Facility

By Raleigh McElvery The clawed frog Xenopus boasts a rich background in biomedical research, yet has only just emerged as a genetic model for human disease — from heart conditions to neurological disorders to cancer. Thanks to recent advances in genome editing, it is possible to create Xenopus mutants and also to manipulate their DNA, […]

Evolution of Mind Reading Talk to Kick off Friday Evening Lecture Season

WOODS HOLE, MA—How do we come to think about the minds of other people? Over the past decade, researchers have made great strides in studying how people develop what’s known as our “theory of mind.” This recent work has shown that human infants begin to think about others’ minds within the first year of life. […]

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 […]

Seventeen Scientists Selected for Whitman Center Research Awards

Seventeen innovative scientists are recipients of 2017 Whitman Center Research Awards, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has announced. These leading scientists, who hail from 16 institutions in 5 nations, will receive funding to conduct research in the MBL’s Whitman Center, a vibrant, interactive research community that annually includes more than 100 principal investigators from academic […]

Mating Battle Between Wild Cuttlefish Captured on Video for First Time

Contact: Diana Kenney dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139(office) or 508-685-3525(cell) Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvySUXdPeGw WOODS HOLE, Mass. — It sounds like Shakespearean drama: A male fights to protect his mate after a rival steals her away, using all his cunning and strength to win her back. Yet this encounter played out not on the stage, but in the […]