GMGI Crew Update: Gloucester's Own Katherine 'KD' Dench

A graduate of Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s inaugural class – and valedictorian – KD Dench is committed to sharing her passion for science and Cape Ann with local students

Growing up in Gloucester it’s hard not to fall in love with the sea. From an early age, I was fascinated by the turning of the tides and the creatures left behind in the tide pools.

After high school I was hired into Maritime Gloucester’s education department where I was fortunate enough to share the knowledge I had accumulated about the ocean with the children of Cape Ann during the summer months. Embracing my predilection for STEM education, I took on a job as apprentice to the District Science Specialist for the Gloucester Public Schools during winters. From there I signed on to the Schooner Ardelle where I continued as an educator while learning the basics of sailing and seamanship, and climbing the ranks to the position of Bosun.

During this time an advertisement for Gloucester Biotechnology Academy was shared with me. The Academy had not yet been established but the promise of hands-on, experiential learning was temptation enough for me to take the gamble and join the inaugural class.

Biotechnology has opened up a whole new world of science to me. The manipulation of DNA with technological means proved to be interesting, engaging and fun. I enjoyed my studies wholeheartedly and had an enriching internship experience at Cell Signaling Technologies where I worked on product development in the Conjugation group.

After graduation from Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, I was hired on as the Academy’s Education and Laboratory Coordinator. Once again, I have found myself in that fortunate position of sharing knowledge with local students about something I find exciting. Whether I am providing hands on instruction for the certificate program or showing middle and high school students how fun science can be during our Summer STEM programs, I am happy to be doing something with such depth and meaning.

My love affair with the sea has not been put on hold either. This past winter I passed the test for my captain’s license. I hope that one day, by building and running a research ship out of Gloucester Harbor, I can combine my passions on a mission of education and environmental stewardship, through in-depth marine research.

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Steve Connolly Seafood Company, Gloucester

KD teaches local high school students how to identify fish fraud in the SummerSTEM: Fish Fraud Forensics course this summer

Our mission is to conduct world-class marine biotechnology research which expands the regional economy.

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Genomics Institute

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Gloucester, MA 01930

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