Category: Research Updates

MBL’s Kristen Hunter-Cevera is named a Simons Early Career Investigator

MBL's Kristen Hunter-Cevera is named a Simons Early Career Investigator

Kristen Hunter-Cevera, a Hibbitt Early Career Fellow at the MBL, has received a three-year award as one of nine Simons Early Career Investigators in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution. These awards from the Simons Foundation are intended to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in microbial ecology. Hunter-Cevera is studying the striking differences, or

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Morgan Lab Study is One of Most-Read Neuroscience Papers in Scientific Reports

Morgan Lab Study is One of Most-Read Neuroscience Papers in Scientific Reports

One of the 100 most-read neuroscience papers in Scientific Reports in 2018 was a study led by MBL Associate Scientist Jennifer Morgan, director of the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering. Morgan’s article, which placed 25th out of more than 1,627 neuroscience papers published, reported that many of the genes involved in

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Skate Eyes Adapt Subtly to See But Not Be Seen | Journal of Experimental Biology

Skate Eyes Adapt Subtly to See But Not Be Seen | Journal of Experimental Biology

By Casey Gilman For both hunters and the hunted, being cryptic is imperative. By mimicking the patterns, shapes and architecture of their surroundings, animals have evolved extraordinarily clever ways of camouflaging themselves against the multi-textural world they live in. But, according to Lydia Mäthger from the Marine Biological Laboratory, USA, animal eyes can still present a

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New MBL Microscope Combines Two Powerful Imaging Techniques

New MBL Microscope Combines Two Powerful Imaging Techniques

By Mark Wolverton The Marine Biological Laboratory has purchased a new, advanced confocal microscope with a grant from the National Institutes of Health awarded to Associate Scientist Michael Shribak. Shribak, in collaboration with Kazuhiro Maeshima of Japan’s National Institute of Genetics (NIG) and MBL’s Tomomi Tani, will use the microscope to study heterochromatin (a condensed

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New Sequencing Approach Offers Insight on Microbiomes in Changing Environments

New Sequencing Approach Offers Insight on Microbiomes in Changing Environments

By Jennifer Tsang Microbial communities have been evolving with their host environments for millions of years, whether that be inside the human body, in soil, or in the ocean. With the advent of rapid DNA sequencing, researchers have been able to identify organisms and genes present in these microbial communities. But it is often difficult

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A Beautiful Cell-Division Movie from the Shribak Lab | @MullinsLab

A Beautiful Cell-Division Movie from the Shribak Lab | @MullinsLab

Here’s a (widely circulated!) shout-out to MBL scientist Michael Shribak’s OI-DIC microscope from Dyche Mullins of University of California, San Francisco (and former MBL Physiology course co-director). For no particular reason, here is a beautiful movie of meiosis in a crane fly (Nephrotoma suturalis) spermatocyte, imaged by quantitative phase microscopy (OI-DIC microscope). I cribbed this

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Recent Deep-Sea Research from New MBL Scientist Emil Ruff

Recent Deep-Sea Research from New MBL Scientist Emil Ruff

Welcome to Emil Ruff, who has joined the Marine Biological Laboratory as an Assistant Scientist in the Ecosystems Center and the Bay Paul Center. The Ruff lab studies microbial life in deep-sea ecosystems, where light doesn’t penetrate and energy is scarce. To thrive in this environment, most microbes collaborate and develop complex food webs. The

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