Scores of distinguished biologists from around the world come to the MBL to collaborate and conduct research. They use marine and other organisms as model systems for their research.

These researchers participate in a number of established MBL groups including but not limited to:

  • MBL Summer Research Fellows
  • Dart Scholars
  • Grass Faculty Awardees
  • NeuroImaging Cluster
  • Grass Fellows

Recent Submissions

  • A ctenophore (comb jelly) employs vortex rebound dynamics and outperforms other gelatinous swimmers 

    Gemmell, Brad J.; Colin, Sean P.; Costello, John H.; Sutherland, Kelly R. (The Royal Society, 2019-03-20)
    Gelatinous zooplankton exhibit a wide range of propulsive swimming modes. One of the most energetically efficient is the rowing behaviour exhibited by many species of schyphomedusae, which employ vortex interactions to ...
  • Seasonal and daily patterns of the mating calls of the oyster toadfish, Opsanus tau. 

    Van Wert, Jacey C.; Mensinger, Allen F. (University of Chicago Press, 2019-02-08)
    Acoustic communication is vital across many taxa for mating behavior, defense, and social interactions. Male oyster toadfish, Opsanus tau, produce courtship calls, or “boatwhistles,” characterized by an initial broadband ...
  • Localizing individual soniferous fish using passive acoustic monitoring 

    Putland, Rosalyn L.; Mackiewicz, A. G.; Mensinger, Allen F. (Elsevier, 2018-08-13)
    Identifying where fish inhabit is a fundamentally important topic in ecology and management allowing acoustically sensitive times and areas to be prioritized. Passive acoustic localization has the benefit of being a ...
  • Propulsive design principles in a multi-jet siphonophore. 

    Sutherland, Kelly R.; Gemmell, Brad J.; Colin, Sean P.; Costello, John H. (Company of Biologists, 2019-02-27)
    Coordination of multiple propulsors can provide performance benefits in swimming organisms. Siphonophores are marine colonial organisms that orchestrate the motion of multiple swimming zooids for effective swimming. However, ...
  • Drosophila kinesin-8 stabilizes the kinetochore–microtubule interaction 

    Edzuka, Tomoya; Goshima, Gohta (Rockefeller University Press, 2018-12-11)
    Kinesin-8 is required for proper chromosome alignment in a variety of animal and yeast cell types. However, it is unclear how this motor protein family controls chromosome alignment, as multiple biochemical activities, ...
  • A versatile and open-source rapid LED switching system for one-photon imaging and photo-activation 

    Battefeld, Arne; Popovic, Marko; van der Werf, Dirk; Kole, Maarten H. P. (Frontiers Media, 2019-01-17)
    Combining fluorescence and transmitted light sources for microscopy is an invaluable method in cellular neuroscience to probe the molecular and cellular mechanisms of cells. This approach enables the targeted recording ...
  • Lateral line sensitivity in free-swimming toadfish Opsanus tau 

    Mensinger, Allen F.; Van Wert, Jacey C.; Rogers, Loranzie S. (Company of Biologists, 2019-01-25)
    A longstanding question in aquatic animal sensory physiology is the impact of self-generated movement on lateral line sensitivity. One hypothesis is that efferent modulation of the sensory hair cells cancels self-generated ...
  • Neuronal morphologies built for reliable physiology in a rhythmic motor circuit 

    Otopalik, Adriane G; Pipkin, Jason; Marder, Eve (eLife Sciences Publications, 2019-01-18)
    It is often assumed that highly-branched neuronal structures perform compartmentalized computations. However, previously we showed that the Gastric Mill (GM) neuron in the crustacean stomatogastric ganglion (STG) operates ...
  • Improvements in simultaneous sodium and calcium imaging 

    Miyazaki, Kenichi; Lisman, John E.; Ross, William N. (2019-01-08)
    High speed imaging of ion concentration changes in neurons is an important and growing tool for neuroscientists. We previously developed a system for simultaneously measuring sodium and calcium changes in small compartments ...
  • The Bermuda Triangle : the pragmatics, policies, and principles for data sharing in the history of the Human Genome Project 

    Maxson Jones, Kathryn; Ankeny, Rachel A.; Cook-Deegan, Robert (Springer, 2018-11-02)
    The Bermuda Principles for DNA sequence data sharing are an enduring legacy of the Human Genome Project (HGP). They were adopted by the HGP at a strategy meeting in Bermuda in February of 1996 and implemented in formal ...
  • Two forms of electrical transmission between neurons 

    Faber, Donald S.; Pereda, Alberto E. (Frontiers Media, 2018-11-21)
    Electrical signaling is a cardinal feature of the nervous system and endows it with the capability of quickly reacting to changes in the environment. Although synaptic communication between nerve cells is perceived to be ...
  • Potential role of the anterior lateral line in sound localization in toadfish (Opsanus tau) 

    Cardinal, Emily A.; Radford, Craig A.; Mensinger, Allen F. (Company of Biologists, 2018-11-26)
    Male oyster toadfish (Opsanus tau) acoustically attract females to nesting sites using a boatwhistle call. The rapid speed of sound underwater combined with the close proximity of the otolithic organs makes inner ear ...
  • Existing climate change will lead to pronounced shifts in the diversity of soil prokaryotes 

    Ladau, Joshua; Shi, Yu; Jing, Xin; He, Jin-Sheng; Chen, Litong; Lin, Xiangui; Fierer, Noah; Gilbert, Jack A.; Pollard, Katherine; Chu, Haiyan (American Society for Microbiology, 2018-10-23)
    Soil bacteria are key to ecosystem function and maintenance of soil fertility. Leveraging associations of current geographic distributions of bacteria with historic climate, we predict that soil bacterial diversity will ...
  • Sparsened neuronal activity in an optogenetically activated olfactory glomerulus 

    Braubach, Oliver R.; Tombaz, Tuce; Geiller, Tristan; Homma, Ryota; Bozza, Thomas; Cohen, Lawrence B.; Choi, Yunsook (Nature Publishing Group, 2018-10-08)
    Glomeruli are the functional units of olfactory information processing but little remains known about their individual unit function. This is due to their widespread activation by odor stimuli. We expressed channelrhodopsin-2 ...
  • Wheat rhizosphere harbors a less complex and more stable microbial co-occurrence pattern than bulk soil 

    Fan, Kunkun; Weisenhorn, Pamela B.; Gilbert, Jack A.; Chu, Haiyan (2018-07-25)
    The rhizosphere harbors complex microbial communities, whose dynamic associations are considered critical for plant growth and health but remain poorly understood. We constructed co-occurrence networks for archaeal, ...
  • The solute carrier SLC9C1 is a Na+/H+-exchanger gated by an S4-type voltage-sensor and cyclic-nucleotide binding 

    Windler, Florian; Bönigk, Wolfgang; Körschen, Heinz Gerd; Grahn, Elena; Strünker, Timo; Seifert, Reinhard; Kaupp, U. Benjamin (Nature Publishing Group, 2018-07-18)
    Voltage-sensing (VSD) and cyclic nucleotide-binding domains (CNBD) gate ion channels for rapid electrical signaling. By contrast, solute carriers (SLCs) that passively redistribute substrates are gated by their substrates ...
  • Systems Biology of the human microbiome 

    Peñalver Bernabé, Beatriz; Cralle, Lauren; Gilbert, Jack A. (2017-09)
    Recent research has shown that the microbiome—a collection of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, living on and in a host—are of extraordinary importance in human health, even from conception and ...
  • Metagenomic analysis of basal ice from an Alaskan glacier 

    Kayani, Masood ur Rehman; Doyle, Shawn M.; Sangwan, Naseer; Wang, Guanqun; Gilbert, Jack A.; Christner, Brent C.; Zhu, Ting F. (BMC, 2018-07-05)
    Glaciers cover ~ 10% of land but are among the least explored environments on Earth. The basal portion of glaciers often harbors unique aquatic microbial ecosystems in the absence of sunlight, and knowledge on the microbial ...
  • Electrical synapses enhance and accelerate interneuron recruitment in response to coincident and sequential excitation 

    Alcami, Pepe (Frontiers Media, 2018-06-19)
    Electrical synapses are ubiquitous in interneuron networks. They form intercellular pathways, allowing electrical currents to leak between coupled interneurons. I explored the impact of electrical coupling on the integration ...
  • A sialylated voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel binds hemagglutinin and mediates influenza a virus entry into mammalian cells 

    Fujioka, Yoichiro; Nishide, Shinya; Ose, Toyoyuki; Suzuki, Tadaki; Kato, Izumi; Fukuhara, Hideo; Fujioka, Mari; Horiuchi, Kosui; Satoh, Aya O.; Nepal, Prabha; Kashiwagi, Sayaka; Wang, Jing; Horiguchi, Mika; Sato, Yuko; Paudel, Sarad; Nanbo, Asuka; Miyazaki, Tadaaki; Hasegawa, Hideki; Maenaka, Katsumi; Ohba, Yusuke (2018-04)
    Influenza A virus (IAV) infection is initiated by the attachment of the viral glycoprotein hemagglutinin (HA) to sialic acid on the host cell surface. However, the sialic acid– containing receptor crucial for IAV infection ...

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