John Doyle, PhD, Education Director
John Doyle is an experienced teacher with eight years of classroom instruction at public high schools in New Jersey and Massachusetts. In addition, John has taught classes in the Department of Marine Sciences and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut as well as the Department of Physics and Earth Sciences at Framingham State University. He is passionate about designing curricula that fosters experiential learning, encourages a sense of curiosity, and teaches students to use science to effectively communicate and solve problems.
Elizabeth Q. Brannon, PhD, Lead Teacher
Elizabeth Brannon recently completed her Ph.D. in Biology and
Environmental Science at the University of Rhode Island. She also holds a B.S. in Marine Science with
a minor in Environmental Science from Coastal Carolina University. During her Ph.D., Elizabeth used molecular
tools to research sources of greenhouse gases produced during wastewater
treatment. She also taught both biology
lectures and labs at the University of Rhode Island.
Joseph Rosa, PhD, Instructor
Joe is a retired senior executive of Biogen, one of Boston’s premier biotech companies. Joe brings great experience to the educational needs and career paths in the biotech industry. He is a champion of the apprentice-based technician training program upon which Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is building its program. Joe is very active in numerous Gloucester education and health organizations, and will play an important role in the roll out of Gloucester Biotechnology Academy as a new educational option for the Cape Ann youth.
Katherine Dench, Education and Laboratory Coordinator
Katherine Dench is a graduate of our own Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s founding Class of 2017. Prior to attending Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, she worked in marine science focused outdoor education at Maritime Gloucester and aboard the Schooner Ardelle. Through the Academy program, Katherine completed her internship at Cell Signaling Technologies where she developed and tested conjugated protein products, produced Western images for a possible marketing campaign, and evaluated multiple chemistries for conjugation of monoclonal antibodies. Gloucester born and bred, when she isn’t studying marine organisms in the laboratory you can find her sailing the local waters.
Neil Glickstein, MSc, Internship Liaison
After completing a chemistry degree at WPI, Neil began a teaching career which included a Master’s degree in Education from Northeastern University and positions at several secondary schools, colleges, and training schooners. Neil’s fascination with all things ocean led him to a second Master’s degree in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University, a stint directing an aquaculture project, and a more informed approach to teaching about the natural world. Finally, in addition to teaching science classes at Endicott College, Neil spent eight years supervising the senior internship program. He enjoys traveling, cycling, kayaking and scuba diving.
Rebecca Barnard, Laboratory Technician and Teaching Assistant
Rebecca Barnard recently graduated with her Masters in Biology from East Carolina University studying intertidal shore crabs and their parasites. While there, she taught a biology lab and worked with undergraduate students to further both her thesis work and lab-wide projects that utilized various molecular tools. Before graduate school, she researched introduced marine parasites while mentoring interns at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland.