The Marine Biological Laboratory’s leadership team establishes the strategic vision for the MBL, manages all aspects of the MBL environment and strategy, leverages our affiliation relationship with the University of Chicago, and provides the resources needed to achieve our mission in research and education.


Chair of the Board of Trustees
Bill Huyett, Concord, MA

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
Saul J. Pannell, Boston, MA

Secretary of the MBL Corporation
Lori A. Berko, University of Chicago

Nipam H. Patel, Marine Biological Laboratory

Director, Finance
Mary S. Harrington, Marine Biological Laboratory

Chief Operating Officer
Paul E. Speer, Marine Biological Laboratory

Board Committee Leadership

Executive Committee
Chair: Bill Huyett

Audit and Risk Committee
Chair: Saul J. Pannell

Academic and Campus Strategy Committee
Chair: Dyann F. Wirth

Development Committee
Chair: *Bill Huyett, Chair of the Board, to chair meetings until Development Committee Chair is named.

Nominating and Governance Committee
Chair: Christopher G. Kennedy

As of April 26, 2024

MBL Bylaws as of December 9, 2020
MBL Trustee Committees
Emeriti Trustees
Board of Trustees Conflict of Interest Policy


A. Paul Alivisatos, PhD, University of Chicago
Katherine Baicker, PhD, University of Chicago
Peter D. Barbey, MBA, Barbey Capital Management
Susan M. Fitzpatrick, PhD, LSRT Associates
Margaret J. Fofonoff, BA, Art Lab Productions
David A. Greene, EdD, Colby College
Avram Hershko, MD, PhD, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Catherine E. Hibbitt, DVM, Bristol, RI
Bill I. Huyett, MBA, Concord, MA
Dave Johnson, MBA, Advisory Partner, Bain & Company
Constance T. Keller, MBA, Chicago, IL
Christopher G. Kennedy, MBA, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.
Jean A. King, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Ethan A. Lerner, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
William A. Linton, PhD, Promega Corporation
Walter E. Massey, PhD,  University of Chicago
John W. McCarter, Jr., MBA, Northfield, IL
Brien O’Brien, BS, Port Capital LLC
Ronald P. O’Hanley, MBA, State Street Corporation
Juan de Pablo, PhD, University of Chicago
Saul J. Pannell, MBA,  Boston, MA
Max Paul Rosen, MD, MPH, Professor, University of Massachusetts Chan School of Medicine; Chair of Radiology, UMass Memorial Health
Robert Rosiello, MBA, Executive Partner, Flagship Pioneering
John W. Rowe, MD, Columbia University
Timothy A. Springer, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Catherine Mahoney Thomas, Executive Director and President of the Board of Trustees, Whitehall Foundation
Samme L. Thompson, MBA,  Telit Associates, Inc.
Lewis T. “Rusty” Williams, MD, PhD, Biotechnology Entrepreneur; Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Walking Fish Therapeutics
Dyann F. Wirth, PhD, Harvard University
Patrice O. Yarbough, PhD, Pensacola, FL

Nipam Patel

Nipam Patel, Ph.D., is Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and a Professor at the University of Chicago. He joined the MBL in 2018 from University of California, Berkeley, where he was Professor and Co-chair of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology. Patel is the 20th scientist to serve as MBL Director since its founding in 1888.

About The Director MBL Director History


Anne W. Sylvester
Director, Division of Research
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Linda Hyman
Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education
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Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer
Email Paul Speer

Courtney Buckley
Director, Human Resources

Alison Crawford
Chief of Staff and Director of Board Engagement

Samantha Cummis
Director, Communications

Mary S. Harrington
Director, Finance

Linda Hyman
Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education

Scott Koerner
Director, Information Technology

Marie Russell
Director, Facilities and Services

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer

Anne W. Sylvester
Director, Division of Research

Jennifer Walton
Director, Library Services
Co-Director, MBLWHOI Library