Linda E. Hyman is Tapped to Lead Marine Biological Laboratory’s Education Division

Linda E. Hyman

Linda E. Hyman

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Linda E. Hyman, Associate Provost at Boston University School of Medicine, has been named the new Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Her appointment begins in mid-August.

Hyman brings more than 25 years of experience to the position, which oversees direction of all the MBL’s academic programs, including the world-renown Advanced Research Discovery courses. She will lead the expansion of MBL offerings at all levels—from secondary students to undergraduates, graduates, and post-graduates, capitalizing on the facilities and resources of the MBL and leveraging, in particular, the MBL’s relationship with the University of Chicago.

“Hyman’s combined experiences as a senior-level administrator, educator and scientist make her an ideal choice to develop an innovative and ambitious vision for the MBL’s academic programs,” said MBL Director Nipam Patel.

Currently, Hyman leads the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS), the arm of the Boston University Medical School that oversees all graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the 1,000-student division and also serves as principal investigator on federal grants, including a Broadening Experiences for Scientific Training (BEST) award from the National Institutes of Health. An accomplished and active scientist with expertise in molecular genetics, Hyman also holds the appointment of Professor of Microbiology at GMS.

Hyman formerly served as Division Director in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the National Science Foundation, as Vice Provost for Health Science at Montana State University, and as Director of the WWAMI Medical Education Program, University of Washington School of Medicine’s multi-state medical education program. There, she also acted as Assistant Dean for Regional Affairs at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Hyman received a B.S. from State University of New York at Albany and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from Brandeis University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Tufts University School of Medicine. In 1981, she served as a course assistant in the MBL Embryology course.

Hyman succeeds Jocelyn Malamy, who served as MBL’s Interim Director of Education while continuing to serve in her University of Chicago positions of Master of the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division and Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology.


The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding marine biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.