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Contact: Andrea Early, (508) 289-7652; aearly@mbl.edu

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards $3.2 Million to MBL Education Program

WOODS HOLE, MA—The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) a four-year, $3.2 million grant in support of the MBL’s advanced education program.

HHMI is a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies and plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States. It has provided more than $28 million in support of MBL education over the last 20 years, including $15 million in 2008 to fund major renovations to the MBL’s Loeb Laboratory, the cornerstone of its world-famous life science training programs.

Each year the MBL trains more than 450 students as part of its discovery-based education program, which offers a level of training and mentoring available nowhere else. The MBL offers more than 20 intensive laboratory courses, pairing scientists at the height of their careers with advanced graduate and post-graduate students to provide training at the frontiers of biological and biomedical research. MBL course faculty and alumni are among today’s most innovative and successful scientists.

“The education experience at the MBL is unique and we believe that no single university could mount courses comparable to those offered at the MBL nor capture MBL’s stimulating, creative and transformative atmosphere,” said MBL director of education William Reznikoff. “HHMI’s long-term partnership with the MBL has permitted us to maintain our tradition of excellence by allowing the recruitment of world class faculty, underwriting course supplies, and enabling the MBL to admit the “best and the brightest” students without regard to their financial needs. We are very grateful for their ongoing support.”

“Participating in one of the MBL's outstanding courses is often a transformative experience for a young scientist,” said Sean B. Carroll, HHMI’s vice president for science education. “HHMI is very pleased to be able to continue our longstanding partnership with MBL.”

The HHMI grant will support MBL courses including Embryology, Physiology, Neural Systems and Behavior, Neurobiology, Biology of Parasitism, and Microbial Diversity, as well as several special topics courses including Gene Regulatory Networks for Development and Computational Image Analysis.


The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in 1888 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the MBL is an independent, nonprofit corporation.