Uniting the Marine Biological Laboratory and the University of Chicago research and education experience for an unparalleled program.
The newly established joint program between the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and the University of Chicago (UChicago) leverages the unique partnership between two leading research institutions and combines the best of both worlds – access to a collaborative and expansive research environment that spans the scales of biological discovery at the MBL in Woods Hole, MA and the first-class resources of the University of Chicago. The formal affiliation and collaboration between these institutions was established in 2013 and has resulted in synergies in research and teaching that now expand to the graduate community.
Current MBL/UChicago graduate student opportunities are available through UChicago’s Committee on Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology (DRSB) Program and the Integrative Biology (IB) Program with additional options available in the near future. Candidates should apply directly to the DRSB or IB Program depending on their specific interests. If accepted, students will complete their initial course requirements at UChicago before joining the MBL for summer research rotations in laboratories of affiliated faculty. Students will complete their thesis research at the MBL, with committee meetings, retreat participation and other activities encouraged through regular visits to Chicago throughout the graduate program.
Funding and Support
Students will be guaranteed full tuition, health insurance and generous stipend support. In addition, room and board will be provided during the first summer rotation at the MBL. After joining an MBL lab, students will be provided with funds to travel to Chicago for committee meetings and other events. Finally, students in the program will be eligible for an additional research allowance to be used at their discretion for research support or to attend meetings. Funds will also be available to students in UChicago labs to spend time at the MBL to foster collaborative research.
MBL Faculty Research Interests
MBL scientists are engaged in cutting-edge research dedicated to scientific discovery in fundamental biology. There is a robust cadre of investigators with year-round laboratories, who are joined by hundreds of students and visiting researchers over the course of each year, making the Woods Hole community a unique environment to study, conduct research and engage with scientists from all over the world. Faculty affiliated with the DSRB and IB Programs conduct research across disciplines including cell biology, developmental and regenerative biology, neuroscience, sensory physiology, and comparative evolution and genomics. To learn more about the training faculty see the research interests of Karen Echeverri, Andrew Gillis, Nipam Patel, and Joshua Rosenthal.
The MBL is a great place where a bunch of scientists come together to share ideas—but it’s not extremely formal. By being in both MBL and UChicago you have access to all of these resources. My advice is to take advantage of the UChicago resources and then apply those to MBL. See what resources are available and get the best out of them.