The Simons Foundation has awarded a collaborative grant to MBL Senior Scientist Joseph Vallino to study how local marine environments affect the organization and function of microbial communities. The grant is part of the larger CBIOMES project funded by the Simons Foundation and led by Michael J. Follows at MIT. Vallino is applying principles of
MBL Research Fellow Eric Edsinger has been awarded a collaborative grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) to explore the evolution of the cardiovascular system in cephalopods (squid, octopus and cuttlefish). In the process, the team will advance the pygmy squid, Idiosepius, as a new model system for genetic and biological research. The unusual
By Stephanie M. McPherson
The African clawed frog is a great model to learn more about human disease and development. These frogs (also known as Xenopus laevis) produce many transparent embryos, making it easy to observe development and run a number of experiments at a time. But most impressively, 79 percent of genes associated with human disease have a close cousin in the genes of these frogs. The frog’s genes may not be exactly the same, but they function in similar ways. This means results from disease studies in these frogs have a strong relevance to human disease.
A recent paper in Genetics details how to make the study of these frogs more efficient.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded MBL Fellow Linda Amaral-Zettler and colleagues a grant to study the impact of microplastics on sea scallop populations. Eight million metric tons of plastic winds up in the ocean every year, and scallops are one of the most important fisheries in the US Northeast. Some of the
Striped bass have a lot to teach us, not only about themselves but about the ecosystem in which they live. Steven Zottoli, Whitman Center Scientist at MBL, hopes to bring these lessons to middle- and high-school classrooms through a new outreach program based at MBL. His web site, StripedBassMagic.org, features information on the striped bass including genetics, migration, predator-prey interactions
Nine of the 96 newly announced Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology have spent time at the Marine Biological Laboratory as researchers, course faculty or students. The new Fellows join the ranks of 2,500 scientists, many of whom have also been awarded Nobel Prizes, Lasker Awards, or the National Medal of Science. Fellows have
By Stephanie M. McPherson
Duygu Özpolat had a problem. She was 8 years old and sewing a dress for one of her dolls. She loved sewing—but she’d already decided to become a scientist. She turned to her mother for advice. “I…asked her if I can be a tailor and a scientist at the same time when I grow up,” says Özpolat.
Learn about the miraculous world of cellular life this weekend with MBL Whitman Center Scientist Clare Waterman of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Waterman will be featured on CNN International’s program “CNN Inspirations: Unseen Earth.” The episode will air on CNN International on Friday, Dec. 15 at 4 a.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 16
Paloma Gonzalez Bellido and her husband, Trevor Wardill, of the University of Cambridge were staff scientists at the MBL between September 2011 and October 2013. They continue to collaborate with MBL Senior Scientist Roger Hanlon. In this interview with Journal of Experimental Biology, Gonzalez Bellido describes her career path including the impact of her MBL
While Thomas Blum, a high-school senior from Newton, Mass., was a research intern at the MBL last summer, he became interested in the experiences of women in science. For this profile, Blum interviewed Veronica Martinez-Acosta, co-director of the MBL’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and a professor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.