Symposium Celebrating 125 years of Physiology at MBL


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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

Saturday, August 3rd
MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, Woods Hole

A reception will be held following the Symposium.

Symposium Speakers:

  • Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus
  • Matthew Meselson, Harvard University
  • Timothy Mitchison, Harvard University
  • Gaia Pigino, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Stephen Ross, Nikon Instruments
  • Ron Vale, University of California, San Francisco
  • Clare Waterman, National Institutes of Health

(Please check back for titles of the talks and other schedule updates.)

Saturday, August 3, 2019
Note: all activities will be held in Lillie Auditorium unless otherwise stated.

8:30 – 9:00
Light Breakfast
Lillie Lobby
9:00 – 9:30
Session 1
9:30 – 10:00
Session 2
10:00 – 10:30
Session 3
10:30 – 11:00
Session 4
11:00 – 12:45
Swope cafeteria
1:00 – 1:30
Session 5
1:30 – 2:00
Session 6
2:00 – 2:30
Session 7
2:30 – 3:00
Coffee Break
Lillie Lobby
3:00 – 3:30
Panel Discussion
4:00 – 5:00
Vendor Showcase
Physiology Lab
Location TBD


Getting to MBL: Click here for MBL travel information, directions, and bus and shuttle information.

Hotels in Woods Hole and Falmouth:In August, available hotels on Cape Cod can be difficult to find. All Symposium attendees are responsible for arranging their own housing.

The following Woods Hole accommodations are all within a 5-10 minute walk to MBL. When booking, please mention you are attending an MBL event, and request the ‘science rate’.

Sands of Time
549 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543Woods Hole Inn
28 Water Street, PO Box 4
Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543

Treehouse Lodge
527 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole Ma 02543

The following Falmouth accommodations require transportation to MBL:

Holiday Inn Cape Cod-Falmouth
291 Jones Road
Falmouth, MA 02540Beach Breeze Inn
321 Shore Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

Inn on the Sound at Falmouth
313 Grand Avenue
Falmouth, MA 02540Falmouth Inn on the Square
40 North Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

Inn on the Square Special Rate:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Falmouth Inn on the Square for a special rate.*

Guests must call 1-888-744-5394 and ask for the Physiology 125 Years – MBL when making reservations.

*$359/night, two night minimum Deluxe Queen room, July 3 deadline to book.