Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is a full-time University of Florida research center for biomedical research and biotechnology located in St. Augustine, Florida. Founded in 1974, the Whitney Lab is dedicated to using marine model animals for studying fundamental problems in biology and applying that knowledge to issues of human health, natural resources, and the environment.
Scientists at the lab are on the front lines of biodiversity, neuroscience, sensory biology, ocean health, and cell regeneration – working to Go Greater for all of us.
Dr. Christine Schnitzler Publishes on Germ Cells in Science
Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Biology at Whitney Laboratory, Dr. Christine Schnitzler, who co-authored a paper in Science Magazine titled "Transcription factor AP2 controls cnidarian germ cell induction." In this study, the authors found that a single gene, Transcription factor AP2 (Tfap2), is sufficient to induce germ cell identity when expressed in adult stem cells in the clonal cnidarian Hydractinia. Read More
Laurel Baker, jewelry designer and owner of St. Augustine's Anchor Boutique created an exclusive mini oyster necklace with sales of this necklace supporting Whitney Laboratory's Oyster Restoration Initiative. Read More
Alexis Lanza wins Best Student Oral Presentation for the Division of Evolutionary & Developmental Biology at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology conference
Congratulations to Alexis Lanza who won Best Student Oral Presentation for the Division of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology at this year’s Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual conference! The title of Alexis’s talk was "Activin/Nodal signaling is required for establishing the dorsal-ventral axis in Capitella teleta”. Read More
Ryan Lab Graduate Student Alex Hernandez on Antonio Farias’ podcast Level Up
Alex Hernandez, a grad student studying comb jellies at Whitney Laboratory, was recently on Antonio Farias’ podcast Level Up. Are comb jellies the earliest animal on the Tree of Life? Tune in to find out! Read More
Dr. Sandra Loesgen Publishes Paper in Microbial Ecology
Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Loesgen, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Whitney Laboratory, who recently published a paper about the chemistry of coral-algae recognition in Microbial Ecology titled "N-Linked Surface Glycan Biosynthesis, Composition, Inhibition, and Function in Cnidarian-Dinoflagellate Symbiosis." Read More