The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is an international center for research and education in biology, biomedicine and ecology. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 1888.
The MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.
The MBL has approximately 300 year-round employees, about half of which are scientists and scientific support staff. They are joined each year by more than 300 visiting scientists, summer staff, and research associates from hundreds of institutions around the world, who conduct research in the Whitman Center for Visiting Research (MBL Facts).
During the summer, young scientists come to the MBL to attend the laboratory’s graduate-level courses, including Neurobiology, Microbial Diversity, Frontiers in Reproduction, and Biology of Parasitism. Some of these courses (Physiology, Embryology, and Neural Systems and Behavior [formerly called Invertebrate Zoology]) have been offered for more than a century (MBL Facts).
The MBL’s three main resident research centers are The Ecosystems Center, The Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, and the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering. Other resident programs include Cellular Dynamics and Sensory Physiology and Behavior (MBL Facts).
The MBL and Brown University share a research and educational affiliation, The Brown-MBL Partnership includes a Ph.D.-awarding Graduate Program in Biological and Environmental Sciences. Other MBL programs train postgraduates, undergraduates, science teachers, historians, and science journalists. Throughout the year, the MBL is the site for research and planning conferences organized by professional scientific groups (MBL Facts).
The MBL shares a library, the MBLWHOI Library, with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The MBLWHOI Library holds print and electronic collections in the biological, biomedical, ecological, and oceanographic sciences, and houses a growing archival collection, including photograph and videos from the MBL’s 120-year history. The library also conducts digitization and informatics projects (MBL Facts).