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
The Laboratory is continuing operations under UF and CDC advised guidelines and pursuing important basic research and training. As of May 17, 2021, University of Florida will make masks optional rather than required for students, faculty, staff and guests on UF property and in UF facilities effective immediately. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance.

Recent News

Loesgen Lab Publishes Paper in Molecules

 Loesgen Lab Paper Image

Congrats to Loesgen Lab members Mahsa Khoshbakht (co-advised at OSU), Dr. Annika Jagels (Whitney Lab), and former Loesgen Lab members Jason Srey (undergraduate researcher) and Dr. Donovon Adpressa whose paper "Precursor-Directed Biosynthesis of Aminofulvenes: New Chalanilines from Endophytic Fungus Chalara sp." was recently published in Molecules. Read More

Duffy Lab Welcomes Dr. Narges Mashkour

 Mashkour, Narges

Please welcome Dr. Narges Mashkour to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. David Duffy's Lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. She joined the Duffy lab to continue working on the genetics behind FP and the possible roles of this papillomavirus. Read More

Loesgen Lab Welcomes Dr. Oh-Seok Kwon

 Kwon, Oh-Seok

Please welcome Dr. Oh-Seok Kwon to Whitney Laboratory! He recently joined Dr. Sandra Loesgen's Lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Read More

Sea Turtle Patient Asparagus Release Tuesday, July 20

 Sea Turtle Asparagus

We are excited to announce that we will release Asparagus on Tuesday, July 20 at 12 p.m. at the beach side of River to Sea Preserve Boardwalk (Marineland Beach) in the town of Marineland, Florida. Prior to release, Asparagus will be fitted with a satellite tag from a partnership between the Sea Turtle Conservancy and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources! Read More

Maddie Morrison Joins Whitney's Fish Aquaculture Program

 Morrison, Maddie

Please welcome Maddie Morrison to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Whitney's Fish Aquaculture Program with Dr. Leonardo Ibarra-Castro as an Aquaculture Technician. Read More

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