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Marine Biological Laboratory

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7 Mbl Street Woods Hole MA 02543 USA


Founded in 1888, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is an independent, non-profit institution dedicated to creative research and advanced training in the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences. The MBL is a unique institution that aims to continuously push biology forward by:? Offering transformative, discovery-driven laboratory courses;? Initiating and supporting pioneering research programs;? Serving as a "collaboratory" for eminent investigators world wide;? Launching new fields of scientific endeavor inspired by these programs.At the heart of the MBL''s vision is the commitment to foster a passion for science.


The Marine Biological Laboratory maintains collaborative research centers for the scientific study and investigation of a wide range of biological studies from biomedical to ecological research. Major research centers and initiatives include: ? Ecosystems Center, which investigates the structure and function of ecological systems, predicts their response to changing environmental conditions, applies the resulting knowledge to the preservation and and management of natural resources, and educates both future scientists and concerned citizens.? Bay Paul Center, which explores the evolution and interaction of genomes of diverse organisms that play significant roles in environmental biology and human health. ? Encyclopedia of Life Project: the MBL is a cornerstone institution in this historic effort to create a web page for all 1.8 million named species of life on Earth. The EOL will serve as a global biodiversity tools that will transform the science of biology, allow all people to join in the study of life on Earth, and give policymakers the information they need to preserve and protect our planet.? Whitman Center for Visiting Research: a uniquely productive place for collaborative biological research for scientists from around the globe. Discoveries made here have dramatically altered our understanding of biology and offered bright new possibilities for human health. ? Discovery Training Program: The MBL's intensive laboratory-based education program is not matched by any other institution anywhere in the world. Our discovery courses have been repeatedly cited as having a transformational effect upon the careers of young investigators.The oldest private marine laboratory in the Western Hemisphere, the MBL has a resident research staff of 120 scientists and students, which expands in the summer with the addition of more than 1,000 scientists and advanced students from 200 institutions. Fifty-six Nobel Laureates have taught, taken courses, or conducted research here.

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