Category: Research Updates

MBL Fellow to Assess Impact of Microplastics on Sea Scallop Populations

MBL Fellow to Assess Impact of Microplastics on Sea Scallop Populations

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

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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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