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.

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Recent News

Whitney welcomes Lane Greene to Facilities Team

 Greene, Lane

Please welcome Lane Greene to Whitney Laboratory! He recently joined the facilities team as a maintenance professional. Read More

Volunteers Make a Difference!

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Our dedicated volunteers are a key foundation of the Whitney Laboratory! Read More

Liao Lab Welcomes Esra Goturk

Goturk, Esra

Please welcome Esra Goturk to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. James Liao's lab as the laboratory manager. Read More

Paper Published in PNAS Reveals How New Cell Type Can Arise

Nematostella in lab

Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Babonis, Dr. Camile Enjolras, Dr. Joseph Ryan and Dr. Mark Q. Martindale for their contributions to a recent paper entitled, "A novel regulatory gene promotes novel cell fate by suppressing ancestral fate in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis" published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Read More

Dr. Newkirk and Dr. Martindale Publish New Paper investigating the relationship between corals and algae with genetic approach

Figure 1. Breviolum minutum infect and are maintained within sea anemones kept in dark

Congratulations to Dr. Casandra Newkirk and Dr. Mark Q. Martindale for their contributions to a recent paper entitled, "Cnidarian-Symbiodiniaceae symbiosis establishment is independent of photosynthesis" published in the journal Current Biology. Read More

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