Physiology: Modern Cell Biology Using Microscopic, Biochemical and Computational Approaches

Course Information

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 class of students are automatically accepted into the class of 2021 and we are not taking applications at this time.

Watch Physiology WebinarCourse Date: June 13 – July 10, 2021

Deadline: TBD

2021 Lecture Schedule

Course Website

Directors: Daniel Fletcher, University of California, Berkeley and Nicole King, University of California, Berkeley

Course Description

The MBL Physiology Course was founded by Jacques Loeb in 1892 and is one of the oldest continually running biology courses in the world. This intensive seven-week laboratory course has educated generations of leading biologists and fostered groundbreaking biological discoveries, including the Nobel prize-winning discovery of cyclin B.

As physiology has evolved to embrace modern microscopy and computational methods and incorporate the latest biological techniques, so has the Physiology Course. Today, the course is at the forefront of new tools — molecular, computational, biophysical — as it prepares students to tackle emerging biological questions. To teach this modern approach to research, faculty from the biological sciences and physical sciences, including engineering and computational sciences, come together each summer with an equally diverse set of students to create a unique training environment that mixes cell biology, biophysics, and computational methods in biology.

Join us! Students with backgrounds in either the biological sciences or engineering/physical/computational sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Admission to MBL courses is “need-blind”, and we are committed to recruiting underrepresented minorities and women in both the students and faculty.

Financial Information: Tuition: $5,040.00; Room & Board: $2,187.00* (*Actual costs may be greater based on number of nights of occupancy). The admissions process at the Marine Biological Laboratory is need-blind, meaning that we evaluate students on their merits alone, without weighing their financial situations. Financial assistance will be considered for those admitted students who are in need. Upon acceptance, students will be asked to complete a financial aid request form if they need assistance.

In 2019, 100% of those students in the Physiology: Modern Cell Biology Using Microscopic, Biochemical and Computational Approaches course who requested financial aid received some support. The amount of financial aid available from the MBL varies by course based on funding from grants and scholarships, but typically covers 70-100% of student need.

2021 Course Faculty & Lecturers

Bootcamp Faculty:
Bob Fischer (National Institutes of Health)
David Booth (UCSF)
Florian Jug (MPI-CBG)
Sapun Parekh (UT Austin)
Neil Switz (SJSU)
Dan Richter (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Harriet Alexander (WHOI)

Research Faculty:
Nicole King (UC Berkeley)
Dan Fletcher (UC Berkeley)
Lillian Fritz-Laylin (U Mass – Amherst)
Stephan Grill (MPI-CBG)
Ibrahim Cisse (CalTech)
Dyche Mullins (UCSF)
Amy Gladfelter (UNC)
Ethan Garner (Harvard)

Course Support

This course is supported with funds and equipment provided by:

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
National Institute of General Medical Sciences NIH
National Science Foundation
Sutter Instrument