Dear Physical Biology of the Cell Course Faculty and Staff,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Physical Biology of the Cell (PBC) course. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints, stay at home orders, and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given the complexities of coordinating a course such as this, including that many of you might be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full PBC experience this summer. That said, the course directors Hernan Garcia and Rob Phillips are excited to try an experiment in which they continue with the full schedule of daily talks which will be open to all of this year’s faculty, TAs, staff and applicants, and alumni from previous years.

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.


Nipam H. Patel