Melina Hale

Interim Co-Director
Marine Biological Laboratory

Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543

University of Chicago
5801 South Ellis Avenue, 426
Chicago, IL 60637

Melina Hale and Neil Shubin are interim Co-Directors of the Marine Biological Laboratory. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. It is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. 

At the University of Chicago, Hale is Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, and William Rainey Harper Professor in the College and the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy. As Vice Provost, she works with faculty and deans on University-wide academic initiatives, including MBL, the University’s international centers, and the Administrative Modernization and Shared Services initiative. 

At the MBL, in addition to being interim Co-Director, Hale is an MBL Fellow, serves on the External Advisory Board of the National Xenopus Resource and has ongoing research and collaborations. She is a former Grass Foundation Fellow and MBL course instructor.

Hale’s research examines how the brain evolves and how the brain works with the body’s musculoskeletal mechanics to generate movement and respond to sensory input from the environment. She collaborates with engineers to explore biological models that inform the design of engineered underwater propulsion system.

Hale was a National Academies/Howard Hughes Medical Institute Education Fellow, a Fellow with the Institute for Defense Analysis and received a National Science Foundation CAREER award. At the University of Chicago she has received a Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching and a Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She previously also served as a Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Biological Sciences Division and on the Council of the University Senate. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1998 and joined the faculty in 2002.