MBL Virtual Endowed Lectures


These free virtual lectures are part of the MBL’s endowed lecture series. The MBL’s endowed lectures, a core component of the Advanced Research Training Courses, have been established by friends and family in honor of esteemed scientists or loved ones. This year, we are livestreaming one lecture per course, as available, to reconnect with our friends and colleagues, learn from distinguished speakers, and engage in lively scientific discussion. Webinars are recorded and are available for viewing post-lecture. If you are interested in establishing a lecture in honor or memory of someone, please contact the Development Office (Development@mbl.edu).

June 11, 2021
The John Saunders Endowed Lectureship in Embryology
“Vignettes from a Dev Bio/Evodevo Lab: What Makes a Limb Cell a Limb Cell? And how did Birds Evolve the Capacity to Vocalize?”
Dr. Cliff Tabin, Harvard University
June 16, 2021
The John G. Nicholls Endowed Lectureship in Neural Systems and Behavior with special “Live from the Lab” event
“Theme and Variations: Evolution of Mate Choice in Drosophila”
Dr. Vanessa Ruta, Rockefeller University
July 3, 2021
The Tay Hayashi Lectureship in Cell Physiology
“Emerging Imaging Technologies to Study Cell Architecture, Dynamics and Function”
Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus
July 5, 2021
The Thomas Sargent Reese Endowed Lecture in Neurobiology
“An Eye For Biological Structure: Lessons from Tom Reese”
Dr. Ronald D. Vale, Executive Director, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
July 14, 2021
Roger D. Milkman Endowed Lecture in Microbial Diversity
“Symbiosis in Sippewissett: Microbial Ecology and Evolution of the Pink Berry Consortia”
Dr. Lizzy Wilbanks, University of California, Santa Barbara
July 15, 2021
The Joe L. Martinez, Jr. and James G. Townsel Endowed Lectureship in SPINES
“Broken Brains and Breaking Barriers: Lessons from the Hippocampal Formation and Life”
Dr. Julio Ramirez, Davidson College
July 17, 2021
Gail and Elkan Blout Endowed Guest Lectureship – Biology of Parasitism
“Physiology and Biochemistry of Saliva in Vectors”
Dr. Jesus Valenzuela, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Aug 16, 2021
Massey Family Endowed Lectureship – Methods in Computational Neuroscience
“Deep Reinforcement Learning and its Neuroscientific Implications”
Dr. Matthew Botvinick, DeepMind