Founded in 1888, the Marine Biological Laboratory is research and education center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. With 250 year-round employees and more than 300 annual visiting scholars, the nonprofit focuses on scientific discovery in biology, biomedicine and environmental science. In 2013, a formal partnership with the University of Chicago was established, building on a long-standing history of faculty engagement with the lab.
Research focuses on regenerative biology, sensory physiology and behavior, developmental biology and evolution, molecular evolution, microbial sciences and ecosystems. Education is also a central part of the lab’s work. Graduate and undergraduate courses in cellular physiology, embryology, neurobiology and microbiology are offered, and more than 500 students from institutions around the world enroll annually. Programs for science teachers and writers bring research and science into the larger community. The onsite library houses one of the world’s most prestigious collections in the biological, biomedical, ecological and oceanographic sciences. Nearly 3,000 visitors participate in onsite meetings, conferences and departmental retreats at the lab each year.