Genomics and You: Three Thursdays of Discovery at GMGI

Tour our institute’s laboratories with GMGI’s Donald G. Comb Science Director, Dr. Andrea Bodnar
Take a deep dive into an exciting research topic at the core of our mission
Connect with research scientists and engage in conversations about their cutting-edge research
July 29th How We Sequence a Genome and Why It’s So Important
with Senior Research Associate Jennifer Polinski
August 5th Environmental DNA: the Breadcrumbs of Life
with Senior Research Associate Tim O’Donnell
August 12th The Mighty Microbe: How the Tiniest Life Forms in the Ocean are Leading the Biggest Discoveries
with Senior Scientist Matt Harke
Tours begin at 5pm, and presentations by scientists start at 5:30pm.This is a free event.

Space is limited at each event. RSVP today!

Please reach out to Ashley Destino with any questions.
978.879.4575 ext. 106

GMGI: 2020: A Year in Review

It was a year that had everything — there were incredible successes and accomplishments, alongside unrivaled challenges and unplanned obstacles. Goals were achieved, expectations were exceeded, but we would be remiss to not acknowledge that 2020 was fraught with difficulties.

Through the good and the hard, we are grateful for the positivity we experienced. Our Academy team changed the lives of two full classes of young adults, and the research team made incredible advances in their work that has direct impact on two very important areas – our oceans and human health. 

Your unflagging support, whether reacting to our monthly updates, tuning in to our virtual Science Hour lectures, sending notes of encouragement or providing generous financial support, has meant so much to us at GMGI. THANK YOU. 

As 2020 comes to a close, please join us for a short look back at some of our favorite moments in a year that will undoubtedly go down as memorable.
From all of us here at GMGI, we wish you and your families a healthy and happy New Year.
See you in 2021,

Chris Bolzan, Executive Director2020: A Year in Review 

Grant announcements, research publications and so many Zoom calls – this was 2020!  Click here to check out the full timeline. 2020 Year in Review

GMGI: The very latest

The shift to Fall brings a renewed sense of focus and determination, as we make the push towards the end of the year. The dedicated research team continues making great progress on all fronts including obtaining new samples for the red sea urchin research, the Annisquam microbe study and Cod eDNA project, as well as announcing a new partnership that will pair GMGI with OceanX, an organization known for extraordinary research and storytelling. 

Our virtual GMGI Science Hour returned, premiering with a talk from Dr. Bruce Walker, Founding Director of the Ragon Institute, setting the tone for a season of engaging and insightful talks. The Academy is already in its eighth week of Semester 1, and we are incredibly proud to report classes have remained safely in-person, giving the students the full experience of hands-on learning in a working biotech laboratory.

The support from you, and our community, is palpable. We see it in your commitment to reading our monthly updates, spending your Thursday evenings with GMGI to explore new scientific ideas, and in your financial support. Your generosity is, as always, profoundly appreciated in this uncertain climate.

– Chris Bolzan, Executive Directorphoto credit: Andy Mann

GMGI Announces Partnership with OceanX
 GMGI is thrilled to announce a newly formed partnership with leading research and exploration organization OceanX. Formed with an extraordinary mission to support scientists in their effort to “explore the ocean and to bring it back to the world through captivating media,” OceanX works to connect the ocean and all it offers to world through innovative technology, ambitious science and breathtaking storytelling.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with OceanX, an organization that holds the same curiosity and passion for marine exploration and biological discovery,” said Chris Bolzan, GMGI Executive Director. “This partnership will be fueled by a shared interest in genomics, allowing our two teams to collaborate and align our complementary skill sets. We look forward to conducting exciting research together and sharing our discoveries broadly.”

GMGI and OceanX will collaborate on several research projects with the goals of understanding and preserving the ocean as well as fostering its connection to the general public.

“We are ecstatic to be pursuing a partnership with Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, an organization dedicated to addressing the challenges facing our oceans, human health and the environment through groundbreaking scientific research,” said Vincent Pieribone, Vice Chairman, OceanX. “We have a shared motivation and interest in the ocean and look forward to merging the expertise of GMGI with our science, technology and media teams to produce much needed ocean science and storytelling.”The New GMGI Science Hour Season Kicks Off

Earlier this month, the Fall season of the GMGI Science Hour kicked off with a fantastic talk by Dr. Bruce Walker.  Dr. Walker, Founding Director of the Ragon Institute, a pioneering virus researcher at MGH and an expert on viruses and the immune system, discussed his experience treating patients with HIV and COVID-19. While working in Africa in the peak of the HIV outbreak, Dr. Walker focused on the how patients’ immune systems reacted to the disease, enabling him and his team to develop optimal treatments.

Dr. Walker is assisting in the fight against COVID-19, alongside GMGI Co-founder David Walt, with the Massachusetts Consortium for Pathogen Readiness.  Dr. Walt facilitated the Science Hour Q&A, in which Dr. Walker answered questions on possible future pandemics, what we can learn from patients who have contracted the disease twice, the virus’s impact on the immune system, and potential vaccines for COVID-19.

The next Science Hour speaker is William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD, scheduled for November 19th.  Dr. Kaelin was awarded the 2019 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine for his work with tumor suppressing proteins, using a variety of molecular and cellular approaches to understand how, mechanistically, these proteins prevent tumor growth. 

To register for this talk, please visit the GMGI Science Hour page on our website
 GMGI scientists Andrea Bodnar and Jennifer Polinski have officially begun the process of sequencing the genome of the long-lived red sea urchin (Mesocentrotus franciscanus) to determine how it is able to live nearly 50X longer than a closely-related sea urchin species, and what that could mean in the context of human age-related diseases.Check Out Our New Website recently got a facelift, and we invite you to check it out! You can meet our staff and Board of Directors, learn more about GMGI’s science strategy and ongoing research projects, read some Frequently Asked Questions about the Academy, catch up the latest GMGI news, and re-watch past Science Hour talks.
 Remembering Donald G. Comb

GMGI remembers and honors the late Donald G. Comb, scientist and founder of New England BioLabs.   Don’s passion for research, arts and the marine environment was unmatched and an inspiration to so many.  We are truly honored to have the Science Director position at GMGI named after Don, and we will continue to lead GMGI with same integrity, humility, and passion for science that he demonstrated throughout his life.  His legacy will forever be an inspiration to all.
 The GMGI Science Minute

We are excited to announce that we will soon be breaking ground on our new biomanufacturing teaching lab at the Academy! This state-of-the-art learning environment, made possible by a $940k Massachusetts Workforce Skills Capital Grant and additional matching funds from our supporters, will allow us to add biomanufacturing skills to the standard Academy curriculum — and double the number of students we are able to enroll in each class. 

GMGI Research Scientist Amanda Baryshyan gives us an overview of what biomanufacturing is, what it’s been used for in the past and what the future looks like for this booming field.

Biotech Academy Student Recruitment Open House – January 26, 2017

Dear Friends –

Student recruitment season is here! Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is recruiting students for our Class of 2018, to enroll in September 2017.  We are offering a one year fulltime vocational course for entry level jobs as lab technicians, working in biotechnology.

For this second year, the program is free, no expenses for tuition or fees.

We have had a very successful launch year, with 13 students now entering their paid internships.

If you know anyone who might be interested in our program, please invite them to join us on Thursday, January 26th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. It will be a great opportunity for potential students to learn more and speak with members of our inaugural class.

Call 978-491-5968, email, or visit Facebook for more information.

Thank you for your continued support!

Biotech Academy Recruitment Open House
Biotech Academy Recruitment Open House

OPEN HOUSE – Gloucester Biotechnology Academy

Please join us for our Open House!

Meet the instructors & current students.

Saturday, October 15, 2016
1:00pm – 3:00pm
55 Blackburn Center, Gloucester

Biotech Open House Flyer

  • All are welcome
  • Tour the Academy
  • Learn about enrollment for next year
  • Talk to scientists about marine research
  • Refreshments will be served
  • For more information about the Academy please see our website:, or email:


Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute – Open House

Saturday, October 15, 2016
55 Blackburn Center, Gloucester MA 01930

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is Gloucester’s new marine science institute, dedicated to bringing modern biotechnology science to the study of marine life.  On October 15, we are hosting an Open House for the community, where you can see our facility, meet the staff and learn more about our research programs on cod, lobster, and the Stellwagen Sanctuary.

The Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is another program at GMGI, which trains high school graduates for entry level jobs as lab technicians.  At the Open House, you will also have a chance to learn more about this exciting new education and career opportunity.

For more information please email: