OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

RESEARCH


GMGI RESEARCH STAFF GROWS TO 10

There’s a buzz of energy in the molecular genomics lab at GMGI’s waterfront research institute -- and for good reason. Since October 2018 when the facility opened, the research staff has grown from five to 10 employees. The new staff includes PhD level researchers as well as recent graduates from our Gloucester Biotechnology Academy.

In June, Samuel Major joined and took on the joint role of Lab Manager and Research Associate, assisting with the Microbial Discovery project.

Olivia Piscitello graduated from the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy in May, and in August she started at GMGI as our second Lab Technician. Prior to joining GMGI, Olivia completed her internship and fine tuned her lab skills at Thrive Biosciences.

The month of September was a busy one for Human Resources, with three new scientists joining the research team. Tim Sullivan, PhD, and Tim O’Donnell added another member to ‘Team Fish’ with the addition of Veronica Pereria, who is working on the shrimp disease diagnostic project. Matthew Harke, PhD, joined GMGI from Columbia University and is the institute’s first full-time Marine Microbial Scientist. The most recent hire, Amanda Baryshyan, PhD, is a Marine Cell Culture Scientist and will assist Science Director Andrea Bodnar with the sea urchin project, which recently received NSF funding.

GMGI is thrilled to have such deep expertise at the bench, representing the organization and expanding our capacity to conduct world-class marine biotechnology research.

Amanda Baryshyan, PhD, looks at the sea urchins in the Marine Life Research Room

Research Scientist Amanda Baryshyan, PhD and Research Associates Veronica Pereira and Jen Polinski work in the Molecular Genomics Lab

GMGI Research Team: (from L to R) Samuel Major, Tim Sullivan, PhD, Veronica Pereira, Matthew Harke, PhD, Amanda Baryshyan, PhD, Tim O’Donnell, Andrea Bodnar, PhD, Zach Dench, Jennifer Polinski, Olivia Piscitello

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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