July 23, 2014

Visiting Research / Whitman Center

Come to Woods Hole, Massachusetts and do research at the MBL. Research Awards available.

For more than a century, hundreds of distinguished scientists from around the world have been gathering to do research at the Marine Biological Laboratory particularly during the summer months.

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.

MBL visiting scientists 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. Research Awards are available to investigators wishing to do visiting research at the MBL.

In addition to the summer months, researchers come to the MBL as visiting scientists during the traditional academic year, for three, six. or nine-month sabbatical research visits. They find a rich scientific environment from the year round resident program but the same informal setting of the MBL free from the distractions of the typical academic environment.

Each summer, scores of distinguished biologists from around the world come to the MBL as visiting researchers to collaborate and conduct research. They use marine and other organisms as model systems for their research.

In addition to the MBL’s year-round research centers, the Whitman Center represents this vibrant visiting research community. Many of the MBL’s visiting researchers have been coming to the MBL each year for 20 years or more. Long-time visiting researchers can be designated as Whitman Investigators to acknowledge their role as vital members of the MBL research community.

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