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Throughout its history, the MBL has been a place where the world’s top biologists can focus on their research, not distracted by departmental affairs, committee work, or other aspects of university life. The MBL provides both the resource support and the intellectual environment that enables many scientists to do their best work.

MBL principal investigators and and their staff conduct year-round research in areas such as cellular, developmental, and reproductive biology; molecular biology and evolution; neurobiology and sensory physiology; ecology and ecosystems studies; global infectious diseases; and marine biotechnology and aquaculture.

The MBL’s resident research program is currently organized into seven major centers and programs: the Ecosystems Center, the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering, the Marine Resources Program, the Cellular Dynamics Program, and the Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior.

The resident research program is sustained by major funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and other Federal agencies through the competitive peer review process. Additional funding is provided by foundations and gifts from individuals.
MBL Resident Research Centers

Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution
Center researchers explore the genetic relationships among living organisms. Their goal is to learn more about our most ancient ancestors - the primitive microorganisms that have evolved into the ten million species of plants, animals, fungi and microbes that now inhabit the earth.

Cellular Dynamics Program
The Cellular Dynamics Program at the MBL aims to accelerate the knowledge of basic biology and disease through the development and utilization of tools customized to shed light on life’s most essential processes. It merges the extraordinary imaging talents of the former Architectural Dynamics in Living Cells program with the unique technological expertise of the BioCurrents Research Center.

Ecosystems Center
Center researchers study the impact that humankind has on the environment. They examine the ecology of natural systems from Alaska to the Amazon and apply what they learn to the problems of sustaining and managing the Earth's resources.

Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering
Established in 2010 through private gifts, the Bell Center is a multidisciplinary research initiative that draws upon the special advantages of marine invertebrates and other cornerstone organisms to define and understand the natural processes by which damaged or aging tissues and organs can regenerate or be repaired, and to apply that knowledge to the development of medical therapies.

Marine Resources Program
One of the world's most advanced facilities for maintaining and culturing aquatic organisms, the MRC is also a center of innovative research programs in sensory biology, neuroethology, aquaculture, and the development of marine models for biomedical research.

Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior
This program focuses on research in vision, balance and hearing. Researchers use marine or aquatic model organisms (cephalopods, fishes, turtles) to take advantage of the unique facilities and the microscopy and imaging centers at the MBL. A central goal of this program is to synergize the multiple campus activities in sensory biology and neuroscience into a cohesive group with extensive intellectual exchange, seminars, lab and student exchanges year-round, and a bioinformatics and outreach component.

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