MBL Accepting Applications for 2019 Whitman Center Fellowships

The Marine Biological Laboratory, a hub for research and education and an affiliate of the University of Chicago, convenes biologists from around the world each year to advance the mission of biological discovery. Click to Apply Deadline December 15, 2018We are now accepting applications for Whitman Center Fellowships for 2019. Support is available for scientists […]

Whitman Fellow Andrea Pauli Christens “Bouncer,” Gatekeeper of the Egg

“I think Bouncer is absolutely amazing,” Andrea Pauli says, referring to a very short but powerful protein her lab discovered that’s required for sperm to penetrate an egg during zebrafish fertilization. Not only that, Bouncer blocks entry to the egg by different species of sperm  – hence the gatekeeper-at-a-nightclub name they chose for this potent […]

Study Indicates a Conserved Role for Serotonin in Regulating Behavior in Octopus, Humans

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — The mood-altering drug MDMA – which promotes positive, friendly social interactions in humans by inhibiting serotonin uptake in nerve cells – has a similar behavioral effect in an octopus species, scientists reported today. This indicates that serotonin has been functioning as a regulator of social behavior for at […]

Introducing Nipam Patel: Director, Marine Biological Laboratory

On September 4, 2018, Nipam Patel became Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory and a Professor at the University of Chicago. Prior to his appointment as Director, Patel was Professor and Co-chair of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His […]

With National Award, Hawaiian Bobtail Squid Rises to Top as Emerging Model System

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.– Senior Scientist Joshua Rosenthal has received a prestigious award to develop the Hawaiian bobtail squid as a new “super model” for biological research, capping a months-long search at the Marine Biological Laboratory during which several species of squid were considered for the part. The grant is one of eleven […]

The Rules of Attraction: Whitman Scientists Find Elusive Molecule that Helps Sperm Find Egg

More than 100 years ago, F.R. Lillie of the University of Chicago, then director of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), discovered that eggs from marine invertebrates release a chemical factor that attracts sperm, a process called chemotaxis. Sperm, for their part, swim up a chemical gradient to reach the egg, assisted by a pulsatile rise […]

Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits MBL; Explores Common Interests in Marine Science

Contact: Gina Hebert, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-717-1730; ghebert@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.— HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco today visited the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, where he demonstrated his strong commitment to marine science, exploration, and protection that is the legacy of his great-great-grandfather, the pioneering oceanographer Prince Albert I. His Serene Highness […]

Querying the Brain with State-of-the-Art Technology: The MBL Neurobiology Course

By Sarah Lawhun Every summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory, the seaside campus is teeming with scientists from around the world, including more than 540 pre- and post-doctoral trainees from about 40 different countries. It’s like an exuberant, intensely exploratory United Nations of Science. Since the MBL’s founding, it has fostered both breakthroughs in the […]

MBL Announces 2018 Friday Evening Lecture Series

The Marine Biological Laboratory is pleased to announce the Friday Evening Lecture schedule for the summer of 2018.  The hour-long talks are geared for a diverse and engaged audience and appeal to scientists and non-scientists alike. The 2018 lineup of speakers will explore some of the most fascinating subjects in science today including the historical origins of […]

Large-Scale Study Indicates Novel, Abundant Nitrogen-Fixing Microbes in Surface Ocean

CONTACT: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Move over, cyanobacteria! A large-scale study of the Earth’s surface ocean indicates the microbes responsible for fixing nitrogen there—previously thought to be almost exclusively photosynthetic cyanobacteria–include an abundant and widely distributed suite of non-photosynthetic bacterial populations. The international study, published this week in Nature […]