Welcome to the Marine Animal Disease Lab!

Latest news

Discovery of a parasite associated with bay scallop mortality in 2019 (NPR/WSHU coverage: mp3; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: press release; News outlets:  link 1link 2link 3)

MADL faculty led a $1.2 Million project funded by NOAA to sequence the hard clam genome and develop novel genotyping tools for selective breeding to improve clam resistance to infectious diseases and stressful environmental conditions. Coverage: SBU News; Hatchery International Magazine.

Prospective Students and Postdocs

The MADL is a dynamic lab and research currently underway includes shellfish ecology, ecological physiology, shellfish adaptation to climate change (ocean acidification, change in temperature and salinity regimes), and pathology and immunology, and employs a wide range of techniques and approaches (field studies, genomics, cell and molecular biology). There are often openings for different types of positions ranging from post-doctoral positions to high school internships. Please read carefully the information available on the various pages of this website and contact Bassem Allam for more information.

History and Partners

In 2000, the New York State Legislature established the Marine Disease and Pathology Research Consortium (MDPRC) at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) of Stony Brook University. This Consortium was the translation of a partnership between, among others, SoMAS, Cornell University, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Sea Grant Program. By 2003, under the auspices of the Consortium, the Marine Animal Disease Laboratory had been established. This state-of-the-art facility was designed to conduct research, diagnostic, and other related activities on the occurence, causes and effects of marine animal diseases. Other partners involved in this initiative includes Long Island University, the New York State Health Department, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Location and Directions

The MADL is based in Dana Hall at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) of Stony Brook University (SBU), in Stony Brook, Long Island, New York. Our campus is located about 60 miles from Manhattan, offering a unique working environment in proximity to one of the greatest cities in the world. Directions to SoMAS and to SBU can be found here.


MADL – 2019