Inspired by Octopus Skin, Engineers Develop a Programmable “Camouflaging” Material

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-685-3525 or 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—For the octopus and cuttlefish, instantaneously changing their skin color and pattern to disappear into the environment is just part of their camouflage prowess. These animals can also swiftly and reversibly morph their skin into a textured, 3D surface, giving the animal a […]

Mixed Organization of Gut Bacteria is Revealed by MBL Imaging Technology

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 or 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Disruptions in the microbiome of the human gut are correlated with several diseases, including obesity and cancer. Yet little is known about the spatial organization of the nearly 1,000 bacterial species in the human gut, which can influence how the species interact […]

Carbon Feedback from Forest Soils will Accelerate Global Warming, 26-Year Study Projects

CONTACT: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139 or 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—After 26 years, the world’s longest-running experiment to discover how warming temperatures affect forest soils has revealed a surprising, cyclical response: Soil warming stimulates periods of abundant carbon release from the soil to the atmosphere alternating with periods of no detectable loss in […]

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 […]

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 […]