November 26, 2015

MBL Whitman Center

For more than a century, hundreds of distinguished scientists from around the world have been come to the MBL to collaborate and conduct research.

During a typical MBL summer, researchers look for basic principles of life in organisms from squid to surf clams to zebrafish. They ask how nerve cells communicate, how cells regulate their complex processes, and how they proliferate. They explore how organisms reproduce and develop, how they fight disease, how sense organs gather information, and how brains process it. The investigators who gather each summer bring a diversity of approaches and questions. Along with visiting library researchers and the large number of faculty associated with the summer courses, they make the MBL the largest and most exciting biological laboratory in the world.

Members of the summer community come from Harvard and Howard, from the University of Alabama and the Universitat de Barcelona, from the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health, from Canada, Argentina, England, and Switzerland, among many other institutions, universities, agencies, and countries.

Scientists visiting the MBL find an infrastructure and an informal, interactive scientific community that allows them to launch into research almost immediately upon their arrival. Advice and equipment always seem available from other researchers or from the summer courses. Free from academic duties at their home institutions, some veteran visiting scientists report they do more hands-on research in three months at the MBL than they do during the rest of the year at their home institutions. Whitman Center Fellowships (deadline December 15) are available to investigators wishing to do research at the MBL.

The Whitman Center represents the vibrant research community that comes each summer. Many of MBL’s Whitman Center scientists have been coming for 20 years or more and have been designated as Whitman Investigators to acknowledge their role as vital members of the MBL research community.

In addition to the summer months, researchers visit the MBL during the traditional academic year. They find a rich scientific environment within the year-round resident program and enjoy the same informal setting, free from the distractions of the typical academic environment.

Deadline: December 15