GMGI Updates from the Harbor: July 2022

The Academy Class of 2022 Sets SailThe soon-to-be graduates arrived at the Cape Ann Museum on June 23rd with a well-earned sense of pride and confidence. And rightfully so – the group of 15 students had recently completed seven months of hands-on lab work, three months of a paid-internship at prestigious laboratories, and many (12 of the 15) had already confirmed employment for after graduation. 

The Academy’s sixth graduating class was a cohort of firsts: the first to utilize the new biomanufacturing laboratory…click here to read more.

GMGI Waives all Biotech Academy Tuition for 2022-2023
“The Big Waive” a gift to Cape Ann’s young adults

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy has announced a new financial structure to support young adults’ investment in their futures. Through the generous support of donors, tuition and fees will be waived in their entirety for the Academy’s incoming class of 2023. In addition, qualifying students will receive stipends to help support their living expenses.  Click here to read the full press release.

The Inaugural Joseph J. Rosa Impact Award

In a special moment during the recent Academy graduation Dr. John Doyle stepped up to the podium to introduce The Joseph J. Rosa GMGI Impact Award, which will be given annually in recognition of a volunteer who best exemplifies dedication to the mission of GMGI and the Academy. John went on to describe Joe’s storied history with GMGI, from the early conversations around GMGI’s founding in the Rosa’s kitchen to Joe’s dedication to each of the past six Academy classes. 

“Joe, there has been no one more influential at the Academy since its inception than you,” John said. “You have had a profound effect on both our students and educators.”

Joe went on to accept the award and express his gratitude at the podium. In true to his character, Joe turned the focus to the impact of the Academy. “We should all be extremely proud,” he said. “This kind of school does not go on anywhere else as far as I’m aware, and the success of the students in getting jobs almost immediately, that doesn’t happen anywhere.”

GMGI is grateful for the unparalleled commitment and dedication Joe has shown the organization and is delighted to honor that commitment each year going forward with the Joseph J. Rosa GMGI Impact Award.

The GMGI Science Forum Returns

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the GMGI Science Forum returned this spring for an in-person, daylong symposium on the latest advances in marine genomics. Guests gathered at Gloucester High School on May 15 to hear from a lineup of speakers that included scientists from Stony Brook University, The Ohio State University, Pacific Northwest Research Institute, University of Connecticut, Boston University, UMass Amherst, GMGI, the J. Craig Venter Institute and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. 

Guests enjoyed casual conversation before the morning session began, focusing on harmful algal blooms and diseases that impact bivalves — including the contagious cancer that affects some clams. After a networking lunch, the talks resumed with a focus on viruses in the global oceans and the diversity of life in deep-sea habitats, population genetics of endangered sea turtles, leveraging genomic tools to understand coral bleaching and the role that sponges play in nutrient cycling on coral reefs. GMGI’s Donald G. Comb Science Director, Dr. Andrea Bodnar, emceed the conference, and was thrilled to have the event back in GMGI’s rotation. “Since 2015, GMGI has built a reputation for convening thought leaders in genomic research, and I’m delighted that we are in a position to continue that tradition,” Dr. Bodnar said. “It’s an inspiring event for both our research team and guests alike.”

After the final talk concluded, guests gathered downtown at the Gloucester House for a cocktail hour on the harbor. 

Thank you to the Company of Biologists and the Cummings Foundation for the sponsorship of the 2022 GMGI Science Forum. 

GMGI Creates Opportunity

Earlier this year, GMGI launched a fundraising appeal that focused on three young women at GMGI and their varying paths into the dynamic world of biotech and marine genomics. Reanna, Lizzie, and Kate may be in different stages of their journeys but have all found success at GMGI. Click here to view the appeal and consider supporting GMGI and the many opportunities we create.

This spring, GMGI researchers ventured out of the lab and on to the water. Left: Senior research associate Jennifer Polinski collects samples with Ocean Alliance. Right: Research associate Dylan Comb joined DMH for their annual coastal trawl survey. 

STEM Opportunities for ALL

Do you know someone who is interested in STEM and looking for an opportunity to experience real-world science at the bench? 

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy has openings in the upcoming Class of 2023! Two cohorts are available, starting in August and November. 

Our week-long Summer STEM Enrichment programs for middle and high school students have space available in the remaining weeks: July 25 and August 8.

Please visit our website to learn more about our programs or contact Director of Enrollment and Partnerships Laura Richane at

In the News and CommunityDid you catch the latest on GMGI in the news and community? Check out the links below to get caught up.

Executive Director Chris Bolzan checks in with 104.9’s North Shore Conversations

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy graduates new crop of biotech lab techs – Gloucester Daily Times

AG Healey dives into GMGI – Gloucester Daily Times

Executive Director Chris Bolzan travels to Washington D.C. for the nation’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge Summer Conference.

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