Seeing the Invisible

Leveraging a rich history of advancing biological discovery to a better world, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has created the Center for Innovation in Imaging and Image Analysis (Imaging Innovation Center). The MBL has long been at the forefront of developing new approaches to imaging and applying those methods to biological questions.

The Imaging Innovation Center, based inside the historic Lillie Laboratory, enables the MBL and the broader scientific community to stay abreast of the latest technological advances for a better understanding of basic biology. A special focus on the light microscope-level of live imaging allows us to see at a level never seen before. 

The Imaging Innovation Center, along with the New Research Organisms strategic initiative, supports all areas of research at the MBL including Microbiomes, Ecosystems, Regeneration and Development, and Cell Biology.

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Increasing the Speed of Innovation

A Global Leader in Life Sciences

To address a new set of biological questions, the nature of which were unfathomable only a decade ago, the MBL has established a year-round collaborative center for research and training in next-generation light microscopy and computational image analysis. Recent advances in light microscopy are creating unprecedented opportunities for understanding living systems. 

By coupling new imaging and gene editing technologies, computation, and the marine life accessible at its doorstep, the MBL is a center for collaboration and discovery for the world’s leading scientists. 

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Getting Involved with the MBL

Whether exploring the rich diversity of life in oceans and coastal marshes or uncovering the molecular details of the inner workings of cells from diverse organisms, the MBL is uniquely positioned to address existing biological questions in new ways as well as tackling new biological questions. By supporting the MBL’s mission or attending public events, the general public can help the MBL foster growth in optical imaging techniques and data science.  

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Imaging Innovation Center Steering Committee

Co-Chairs:

  • Amy Gladfelter, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; MBL Whitman Center Scientist and MBL Fellow
  • Patrick La Riviere, University of Chicago; MBL Whitman Center Scientist and MBL Fellow

Committee Members:

  • Sara Abrahmson, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Zoe Cardon, Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Ibrahim Cisse, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Daniel Colon-Ramos, Yale School of Medicine
  • Karen Echeverri, Marine Biological Laboratory, New Research Organisms Committee Liaison
  • Daniel Fletcher, University of California Berkeley
  • Scott Fraser, University of Southern California
  • Bobby Kasthuri, University of Chicago
  • Louis Kerr, Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Paul Kulesa, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
  • Abhishek Kumar, Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Paul Maddox, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rudolf Oldenbourg, Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Josh Rosenthal, Marine Biological Laboratory, New Research Organisms Committee Liaison
  • Hari Shroff, National Institutes of Health
  • Heidi Sosik, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Clare Waterman, National Institutes of Health