Graduate Programs

Graduate Studies at Whitney Lab

The Whitney Lab welcomes graduate students looking for intensive research training in the intimate environment of a modern marine laboratory. Our internationally renowned faculty specializes in using marine animals to address fundamental questions in biological research.

The simplicity, large cell size, and transparency of many aquatic animals can provide enormous experimental advantages over traditional lab animals such as rats and mice – allowing the ability to perform experiments that are technically more difficult with other animals.

Whitney Lab Graduate Students


Students doing their dissertation research with Whitney faculty must enroll through one of the these graduate programs at the University of Florida.

Biology Department - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Whitney Faculty - Dr. Ache, Dr. Liao, Dr. Linser, Dr. Martindale, Dr. Moroz, Dr. Ryan, Dr. Schnitzler, Dr. Seaver

Biomedical Sciences - College of Medicine 
Whitney Faculty - Dr. Ache, Dr. Linser, Dr. Martindale, Dr. Moroz, Dr. Seaver

Microbiology and Cell Science Department - College of Agriculture
Whitney Faculty - Dr. Linser

Soil and Water Sciences Deparment - IFAS and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Whitney Faculty - Dr. Osborne

School of Natural Resources and Environment - IFAS
Whitney Faculty - Dr. Osborne

Biomedical Engineering Department - College of Engineering 
Whitney Faculty - Dr. Liao

University of Florida Genetics Institute
Whitney Faculty - Dr. Linser, Dr. Martindale, Dr. Moroz, Dr. Ryan, Dr. Seaver

Department of Chemistry - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Whitney Faculty - Dr. Moroz

Each program has a unique structure, and different requirements and courses.


To learn more about the research conducted at the Whitney, view the Research Faculty pages, and contact the faculty member whose work interests you prior to submitting an application to a graduate program.

Whitney Lab Faculty

Graduate students typically spend one to two semesters at the Gainesville campus completing coursework and fulfilling teaching requirements. During this period, students maintain contact with the Laboratory and their major professor through meetings, progress reports, seminars, and summer research. Students then move to the St. Augustine area to complete their research. Additional course requirements (e.g. seminars) are typically fulfilled at Whitney Lab or by video conferencing to the main campus.

Whitney graduate students qualify for all UF grad student benefits, such as health insurance, campus fellowships, assistantships, and other awards.

With an outstanding faculty, state of the art equipment, intellectually rigorous atmosphere, and an ideal marine research location, the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Biosciences provides excellent graduate school training.

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Professional Development Opportunities at the Whitney Lab


Graduate Student Advisor

James C. Liao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

jliao@whitney.ufl.edu


“I was a student before, but now I’m a scientist”

“I was a student before, but now I’m a scientist,” said Veronica Garcia as she packed away the last of her lab materials into boxes.

Veronica was enrolled in the Program in Biomedical Sciences at The University of Florida, and officially a graduate student at the Whitney Lab.

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