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Marine Biological Laboratory

Established in 2003, the Brown-Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL) Program in Biological and Environmental Sciences partnership takes advantage of the geographic proximity of Brown and MBL in Woods Hole, Mass., by uniting their faculty expertise in biology and medicine, particularly for molecular biology, genomics, ecosystems studies, environmental science, global infectious diseases, neuroscience, and public health.

The program offers students the chance to work with scientists at both institutions and to conduct original research in either institution's laboratories in areas such as: astrobiology; biological and environmental physics; cell and developmental biology; climate dynamics; ecology and evolutionary biology; ecosystems studies; environmental change; genetics, genomics, and proteomics; global infectious disease; immunology and pathology; molecular biology and biochemistry; phylogenetics; and physiology.

Faculty from MBL have the opportunity to teach Brown students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. This unique relationship also fosters the development of joint research projects, particularly multi-investigator, multidisciplinary projects that enhance the research profiles of the two institutions by working together.

Brown's affiliation with MBL is a cornerstone of the University's new Environmental Change Initiative. This multidisciplinary research and education program is designed to address the complex issues that drive global environmental change. Besides building on Brown's collective strengths in ecology and evolutionary biology, environmental science, economics, geological sciences, sociology, and international policy, the Environmental Change Initiative will draw upon MBL's unparalleled research, education, and training programs.

About the Marine Biological Laboratory An internationally known, independent, nonprofit research and educational institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory was founded in 1888 and is the oldest private marine laboratory in the western hemisphere. It conducts the highest level of original research and education in biology, including the biomedical and environmental sciences. MBL hosts research programs in cell and developmental biology, ecosystems studies, molecular biology and evolution, neurobiology, behavior, global infectious diseases, and sensory physiology. Its intensive graduate-level educational program is renowned among life-science researchers.

Learn more about the Brown/MBL partnership.