Category: Course Connection

Microbial ‘omics for the Masses | Medicine on the Midway

Microbial 'omics for the Masses | Medicine on the Midway

When the influential A. Murat Eren (Meren) decided to offer an online beginners’ course on microbes and computational ways to study them, the responsive was explosive: 2,000 people registered in the first 24 hours. With creative planning using both Zoom and YouTube, Meren’s team found a way for all to interactively participate. Meren is an

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A Conversation with Hari Shroff | Bitesize Bio Podcasts and Zeiss Microscopy

A Conversation with Hari Shroff | Bitesize Bio Podcasts and Zeiss Microscopy

In this delightful podcast, MBL Fellow Hari Shroff delves into memories (fond and not so much) of his childhood in England; his lifelong interest in tool building, “by luck” taking a post-doc in the lab of Eric Betzig and helping to develop a microscopy technology that went on to win a Nobel Prize; the uncertainties

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When Mentorship Runs in the Family: Society for Neuroscience Honors SPINES Faculty

When Mentorship Runs in the Family: Society for Neuroscience Honors SPINES Faculty

Mentoring people from underrepresented groups in science is part of the DNA of the MBL’s Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics and Success (SPINES). So it is most fitting that the course’s co-director from 2017-2019, Carmen S. Maldonado-Vlaar of the University of Puerto-Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, has been honored for her mentorship of women in neuroscience.

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Bats and Chameleons, Oh My! MBL Alumni Place in Nikon Photo Contest

Bats and Chameleons, Oh My! MBL Alumni Place in Nikon Photo Contest

A glowing bat and a curled chameleon, both imaged by MBL Embryology Course students, are among the top 20 winners of the 2020 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, a leading forum for showcasing life as seen through a light microscope. The chameleon, which placed 8th, was taken by 2019 Embryology course students Allan Carrillo-Baltodano and

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MBL Course Faculty Member, Paulina Lishko, Receives MacArthur Fellowship

MBL Course Faculty Member, Paulina Lishko, Receives MacArthur Fellowship

Polina V. Lishko of University of California, Berkeley, a recent faculty member in the MBL Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR) course, has received a 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, commonly known as a “Genius Award.” Lishko studies “the cellular processes that guide mammalian fertilization and [are] opening new avenues for contraception and treatment of infertility,” the Foundation

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Nobel Prize Honors Trio, Including MBL Physiology Alumnus, for Hepatitis C Discovery

Nobel Prize Honors Trio, Including MBL Physiology Alumnus, for Hepatitis C Discovery

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to three scientists, including one MBL alumnus, “for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus.” They are Harvey J. Alter of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Michael Houghton of the University of Alberta, and Charles M. Rice (MBL Physiology course, 1973, 1975) of Rockefeller

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Why Can Only Some Animals Regenerate? Killifish Study is Revealing | @Planaria1

Why Can Only Some Animals Regenerate? Killifish Study is Revealing  | @Planaria1

MBL Fellow Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado of the Stowers Institute has published an exciting paper in Science describing genetic mechanisms that can explain why some vertebrates can regenerate body parts while others — such as humans — cannot. In the Twitter thread below, Sánchez Alvarado explains the genesis of the research discovery, including how he first

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A Tribute to and With Joe L. Martinez Jr. , “A Hero of Diversity'”

A Tribute to and With Joe L. Martinez Jr. , "A Hero of Diversity'"

By Diana Kenney For the past 23 summers, young neuroscientists from underrepresented groups have participated in an outstanding training opportunity at the MBL, the Summer Program in Neuroscience, Excellence, and Success (SPINES). Like many MBL course alumni, SPINES alumni are a strongly bonded group who credit the course with having had a major impact on

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