Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience - University of Florida


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. Researchers at the lab are on the front lines of a variety of scientific areas including biodiversity, ocean health, marine chemistry, neuroscience, sensory biology, evolutionary genomics, embryology, and cell regeneration – working to Go Greater for all of us.

Research at the Whitney Lab

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Recent News

Dr. Elias Lunsford of the Liao Lab Defends his PhD!

Student and Faculty in Cap and Gown

On June 14, Elias Lunsford, a graduate student advised by James Liao, Associate Professor of Biology, successfully defended his Ph.D. entitled ““Mechanisms and evolution of sensory feedback and signal transduction in lateral line hair cells”. Read More

Whitney's Christine Schnitzler Promoted to University of Florida Associate Professor of Biology with Tenure

Dr. Christine Schnitzler

We are pleased to announce that Whitney Faculty Dr. Christine Schnitzler was granted promotion and tenure by the University of Florida Board of Trustees to Associate Professor of Biology. Read More

First Coast News: UF scientists collect sea turtle DNA from sand, water to solve conservation issues


You’ve heard of crime scene investigations. One team of scientists is applying that same kind of technology used to find criminals as a way to help sea turtles. The University of Florida Whitney Laboratory in St. Johns County have figured a way to collect sea turtle DNA from the water, even when they don’t see any sea turtles around. Read More

Join us June 17 to Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day!

World Sea Turtle Day graphic

This year we would like to invite you to celebrate World Sea Turtle Day during our mini open house at the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab on Friday, June 17 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Read More

Liao Lab Welcomes Dr. Subhra Shankha Koley

Shankha Koley, Subhra

Please welcome Dr. Subhra Shankha Koley to Whitney Laboratory! He recently joined the Liao Lab as a postdoctoral associate and will be exploring the various fluid mechanical aspects of the hydrodynamics of fish schooling behind the wake of multiple cylinders and other flow conditions. Read More

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