Category: Research Updates

Microscopy Technologies Invented at MBL to be Augmented Through New Grant Award

Microscopy Technologies Invented at MBL to be Augmented Through New Grant Award

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant to MBL Associate Scientist Michael Shribak to further develop two microscopy techniques that were invented at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL): quantitative orientation-independent differential interference contrast (OI-DIC) and polarized light microscopy. Shribak’s proposed next-generation techniques will be used to study the architectural dynamics of live biological specimens, with emphasis on events associated

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Microbial Diversity Web Service “VAMPS” at MBL Receives Sustaining Support

Microbial Diversity Web Service "VAMPS" at MBL Receives Sustaining Support

David Mark Welch, director of the MBL’s Josephine Bay Paul Center and interim director of the MBL Division of Research, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to sustain the web service VAMPS (Visualization and Analysis of Microbial Population Structures). VAMPS is a free, open-source, database-driven website that allows researchers using data from

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Grant will Expand MBL Study of Neural Defects in Parkinson’s, Other Diseases

Grant will Expand MBL Study of Neural Defects in Parkinson's, Other Diseases

MBL Eugene Bell Center Director Jennifer Morgan has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the mechanisms underlying the cognitive deficits that occur in Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and variants of Alzheimer’s disease. A pathological hallmark of these diseases is aggregation of the protein α-synuclein at synapses, the junctions between

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Collaborators to Investigate Structure of Microbial Food Webs

Collaborators to Investigate Structure of Microbial Food Webs

MBL Senior Scientist Joseph Vallino has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the structure of microbial food webs. The grant is a collaboration with Julie Huber, associate scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Theoretical studies indicate that microbial food webs may not be highly interconnected, but rather be composed of weakly

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New Grant Will Establish Core Facility for Genome Editing at MBL

New Grant Will Establish Core Facility for Genome Editing at MBL

MBL Senior Scientist Joshua Rosenthal has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a core facility for genome editing at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). The grant will provide instrumentation (three microinjection rigs) to enable MBL resident and visiting scientists, faculty and students to perform genome editing studies on embryos from diverse

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Research will Compare Landscape Responses to Climate Variations

Research will Compare Landscape Responses to Climate Variations

MBL Senior Scientist Edward Rastetter has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the responses of several natural, land-based ecosystems to variations in climate and landscape disturbances. Unlike agricultural ecosystems that rely heavily on an external supply of nutrients through fertilizer application, most natural terrestrial ecosystems, such as forests, prairies, and tundra,

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Monitoring Carbon Emissions to Support Coastal Salt Marsh Restoration | Jim Tang

Monitoring Carbon Emissions to Support Coastal Salt Marsh Restoration | Jim Tang

By Jim Tang Coastal wetlands, including salt marshes, mangroves, and sea grass, have a strong capacity to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By storing “blue carbon” in marine plants, organisms, and soil, coastal wetlands can offset human emissions of carbon dioxide from burning gasoline and coal. Members of my lab, including postdoctoral scientist Faming

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