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澳门马会传真 the MBL
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罢丑别听澳门马会传真听(MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery 鈥 exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the 澳门马会传真is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

The MBL鈥檚 oldest and most singular strength is our convening power, attracting the world鈥檚 leading scientists and students to Woods Hole. The 澳门马会传真draws a unique mix of researchers ranging from early-career scientists to Nobel Laureates, and students at levels from high school to postdoctoral. Their interactions have led to multiple, transformative breakthroughs in our understanding of biology. Once largely a feature of summers at the MBL, this convening power is now evident year-round. Well over 500 scientists and faculty are involved annually in our research and educational programs 鈥 some based at 澳门马会传真full-time, some coming to the 澳门马会传真for portions of the year, and some leading or lecturing in our broad range of research courses.

With a steady flow of students, scientists, and faculty participating in research projects throughout the year, enrolling in one of our research-based courses or thematic workshops, or spending an entire semester here, the special convening power of 澳门马会传真is making our campus an increasingly vibrant and dynamic location year-round.


Chairman of the Board of Trustees:
Director:Nipam Patel

澳门马会传真Scientists and Staff

The 澳门马会传真has approximately 250 year-round employees, about half of which are scientists and scientific staff. These are joined each year by more than 500 scientists, summer staff, and research associates from hundreds of institutions around the world, as well as a large number of faculty and students participating in 澳门马会传真courses (see below).

Award-Winning Science

Among the scientists with a significant affiliation with the 澳门马会传真(scientists, course faculty and students) are听60 Nobel Prize winners听(since 1929); 137 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators, early career scientists, international researchers, and professors (since 1960); 306 Members of the National Academy of Sciences (since 1960); and 252 Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 1960).

Affiliation with the University of Chicago

The 澳门马会传真and the University of Chicago formed an affiliation on July 1, 2013, that enhances both institutions鈥 missions of leadership and innovation in scientific research and education. The affiliation builds on shared values and historical ties between Chicago and the MBL, which was led by University of Chicago faculty members for the first four decades of its existence. The 澳门马会传真is an independent 501(c)3 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Major Research Areas

Research at the MBL听鈥 carried out by full-time 澳门马会传真faculty as well as hundreds of the world鈥檚 leading scientists who are attracted by the MBL鈥檚 unique resources and strengths each year 鈥 focuses on a number of distinctive themes, including:

  • new discoveries emerging from the study of new research organisms, encompassing studies in cell biology, regenerative biology, neuroscience, sensory physiology, and comparative evolution and genomics;
  • the study of microbiomes and microbial diversity and ecology in a variety of ocean, organismal, and terrestrial habitats;
  • innovation in imaging and computation, illuminating cellular function and previously unknown biology; and
  • adaptation and resilience of environmental systems and organisms in the face of global change.

Educational Programs

The MBL听offers a range of courses, workshops, conferences, and internships throughout the year. Central to the MBL鈥檚 identity are its more than 20 advanced, discovery-based research courses. The focus of these world-famous, graduate-level courses ranges from physiology, embryology, neurobiology, and microbiology to imaging and computation integrated with biological research.

Each year, 澳门马会传真courses attract about 500 of the best students in the world, from (in 2023) 270 institutions and 60 countries.听Course directors and faculty are leaders in their fields, drawn from (in 2023) 247 leading universities and research institutions from 22 countries. The courses also benefit from 澳门马会传真partnerships with many commercial developers and vendors, who bring the very latest technology in advanced imaging and other scientific equipment to the 澳门马会传真each year.

The 澳门马会传真also offers research-based educational programs for undergraduates from the University听 of Chicago and many other institutions, including a Semester in Environmental Science, quarter-long courses, and mentored research internships. The 澳门马会传真is also rapidly scaling up a high-school program for private and public school students. Like the more advanced courses, all educational programs and research internships at the 澳门马会传真emphasize immersive, discovery-based learning.

In addition, the 澳门马会传真hosts dozens of workshops, training courses, and conferences during all seasons of the year鈥攁ccommodating more than 2,600 participants from around the world.


罢丑别听Marine Resources Center听is an advanced facility for maintaining, culturing, and providing aquatic and marine organisms essential to biological, biomedical, and ecological research. The Genome Editing Core Facility supports researchers who are developing and testing new, genetically tractable research organisms, including cephalopods and other emerging systems.

罢丑别听National Xenopus Resource听breeds and maintains听Xenopus听(frog) genetic stocks; and provides training in听Xenopus听husbandry, cell biology, imaging, genetics, transgenesis, and genomics. 罢丑别听听in the MBL鈥檚 iconic Lillie Building is run jointly with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and houses one of the world鈥檚 foremost print and electronic literature collections in the biological, biomedical, ecological, and oceanographic sciences.

The Library鈥檚听听comprises approximately 5300 volumes of scientific books from the 16th through 20th century, including an extensive collection of oceanic voyages and expeditions, a first edition of Newton鈥檚听Opticks听(1704), and an early encyclopedia of animals from 1560. The collections are available to scholars onsite and significant portions are available to researchers around the world through two digital initiatives 鈥 the Biodiversity Heritage Library (biodiversitylibrary.org) and the History of 澳门马会传真repository (hpsrepository.asu.edu/handle/10776/9).

罢丑别听听contains, in addition to institutional records, a collection of scientific papers, an extensive photographic collection dating back to the founding of the institution, and other unique items including two Nobel Prizes and a complete collection of Rudolf Leuckart鈥檚 Teaching Wall Charts.

Updated: 10/4/22