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
A. Paul Alivisatos, University of Chicago

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

Audit and Risk Committee
Chair: Constance T. Keller

Academic and Campus Strategy Committee
Chair: Dyann F. Wirth

Development Committee
Chair: Bill I. Huyett

Nominating and Governance Committee
Chair: Christopher G. Kennedy

As of July 1, 2023

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
David B. Fithian, PhD, Clark University
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
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
John W. Rowe, MD, Columbia University
William T. Speck, MD, New York, NY
Timothy A. Springer, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Samme L. Thompson, MBA,  Telit Associates, Inc.
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

Mary S. Harrington
Director, Finance

Linda Hyman
Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education

Scott Koerner
Director, Information Technology

Sebastien Laye
Chief Advancement Officer

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