Commemorating 10 Years of the MBL-UChicago Affiliation

MBL/UChicago 10th Anniversary Logo

A Celebration of Science and Collaboration

The MBL-UChicago 10th Anniversary event was held on July 21, 2023 and included Marine Biological Laboratory and University of Chicago leadership, faculty, students, and foundation and corporate partners for day-long panel discussions showcasing the power of the MBL-UChicago partnership and exciting opportunities for the future. Recordings of the panel discussions are linked below.

9:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

Paul Alivisatos, President of the University of Chicago; Chair, MBL Board of Trustees
Nipam Patel, Director, Marine Biological Laboratory
Coffee available in the Lillie Lobby starting at 9:00 a.m.

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Academic Panel

Highlighting the impact that MBL educational offerings provide to University of Chicago students.

Moderator: Nipam Patel, Director, Marine Biological Laboratory

Eric Chen, University of Chicago (BA 2021, Chemistry; BS 2021, Biology)
Andrew Gillis, Associate Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory; Director, MBL/UChicago PhD Graduate Program
Phoebe Hall, University of Chicago (BS 2022, Biological Sciences)
Helena Mandeville, University of Chicago (BA 2024, Environmental Science/Biology)

11:00 a.m. Foundation Panel

Highlighting the MBL’s role in collaborations with private foundations and its ability to facilitate innovative science and disseminate new advances, tools, and technologies to the broader scientific community.

Moderator: Anne Sylvester, Director, Division of Research, Marine Biological Laboratory

Amy Bernard
, Director, Life Sciences, The Kavli Foundation
Adam Jones, Program Officer, Science, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Matthew McFarlane, Incoming President, The Grass Foundation
Louis Muglia, President and CEO, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

Dine in Woods Hole village or at Swope Café

1:30 - 3:15 p.m. Science Spotlights 

Tabletop Tidepool
MBL Quadrangle, 7 MBL Street

Get up close to live marine creatures and learn how MBL scientists draw upon nature to teach us more about our environment and even ourselves.

“Meet & Greet” with Metcalf Fellows
MBL Quadrangle, 7 MBL Street

Metcalf Undergraduate Fellowships expose University of Chicago students to the world-class science conducted at the MBL. Join the 2023 Fellows and learn more about their MBL summer research experience.

The Marine Biological Laboratory and University of Chicago: A Reflection on the Past, A Foundation for the Future
Grass Reading Room, MBLWHOI Library, Lillie Building
The MBL-UChicago affiliation was the culmination of a long, productive relationship that traces back to both institutions’ earliest days. This digital exhibit documents interactions between the two institutions. In addition, the MBL Library will display pieces from their collection related to MBL and UChicago.

Visit the Pierce Exhibit Center and Gift Shop, 100 Water St.
Colorful exhibits tell the story of the MBL and its impact on life sciences. Live animals, stunning underwater video footage, a hands-on microscope, and an interactive squid are all part of the visitor experience. The Gift Shop offers a wide variety of unique MBL related gifts including toys, games, books for children and adults, souvenirs, and clothing for all ages.

3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Corporate Panel

Highlighting the advantage that MBL provides to corporate partners through its abilities to incubate interdisciplinary research, provide expansive feedback on research and development, and to effectively market commercial products to its many visitors participating in research and education programs.

Moderator: Juan de Pablo, Executive Vice President and Professor of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago; MBL Trustee

William Linton, Chairman & CEO, Promega Corporation; MBL Trustee
Eric Moore, General Manager, Iwaki Aquatic
James O’Brien, Vice President, Life Sciences & Applied Solutions at Leica Microsystems
Kenny Patterson, President, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC

4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

Nipam Patel, Director, Marine Biological Laboratory

8:00 p.m. Friday Evening Lecture

“The Time to be Born”
Louis Muglia, President and CEO, Burroughs Wellcome Fund