Symposium Celebrating 125 years of Physiology at MBL


Help us raise $100,000
in support of the
MBL Physiology course!

The Physiology course, founded by Jacques Loeb, is one of the oldest continually running biology courses in the world.

For 125 years, the Physiology course has been a great gift, educating generations of leading biologists and fostering groundbreaking biological discoveries. This gift has been passed on to all course alumni, and your support will do the same for future generations of Physiology students.


Physiology 125th Planning Committee members:

Daniel Fletcher, University of California Berkeley, Physiology Course Co-Director

Nicole King, University of California Berkeley, Physiology Course Co-Director

Wallace Marshall, University of California, San Francisco

Timothy Mitchison, Harvard University

Ron Vale, University of California, San Francisco

Clare Waterman, National Institutes of Health

125th Physiology Symposium
MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, Woods Hole

The Physiology Symposium was held on Saturday, August 3, 2019

Symposium Videos:

Morning Sessions | Afternoon Sessions

9:00 – 10:00 Coffee and Tea Lillie Lobby
10:00 – 10:10 Opening comments
Nipam Patel, Director, MBL
2019 Physiology course co-directors:
Daniel Fletcher, University of California, Berkeley
Nicole King, University of California, Berkeley
10:10 – 10:30 “The Physiology Course as an Idea and Project Factory”
Ron Vale, University of California, San Francisco
10:30 – 10:50 “Discoveries made in Physio 1993-2018”
Clare Waterman, National Institutes of Health
10:50 – 11:10 “Physiology and Pharmacology of Microtubules”
Timothy Mitchison, Harvard University
11:10 – 1:00 Lunch, on your own Swope Center Dining Hall
1:00 – 1:20 Student presentations — “Discoveries from Physiology 2019”
Ashley Arthur, Abrar Bhat, and Davis Laundon
1:20 – 1:40 “Train spotting with CLEM and cryo-EM”
Gaia Pigino, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
1:40 – 2:00 “Human Heredity, Now and In the Future”
Matthew Meselson, Harvard University
2:00 – 2:20 “The Physiology Course: A Shared Vision between Academia and Industry”
Stephen Ross, Nikon Instruments
2:20 – 2:40 “Navigating the cellular landscape through new imaging technologies”
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus
2:40 – 3:30 Panel discussion: The future of Physiology at the MBL
3:30 – 5:30 Reception and Vendor Showcase
GE Healthcare, Lumicks, Nikon, Zeiss
Physiology Course Lab, Loeb 353


The MBL wishes to thank the following Sponsors of the Physiology 125th Symposium:



The MBL gratefully acknowledges the following vendors who supported the 2019 Physiology course:

89 North
Amuza Neuroscience
Andor Technology
Applied Scientific Instrumentation (ASI)
Avanti Polar Lipids
Beckman Coulter
Chroma Technology
GE Healthcare
Hamamatsu Photonics
Harrick Plasma
Harvard Apparatus
Hewlett Packard
Logos Biosystems
Mizar Imaging
Molecular Devices
Nikon Instruments
Nobska Imaging
Oxford Nanoimaging
Promega Corporation
Rapp OptoElectronic
Scientific Volume Imaging
Sutter Instruments
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Warner Instruments
World Precision Instruments