Academy Welcomes New Class

On August 31st, the Class of 2021 – the Academy’s FIFTH cohort – began their nine-month journey. Over half of the group of 15 (reduced from our capacity of 20 to meet COVID-19 regulations) was referred through our alumni network, strong testamony to the program’s success. 60% of this year’s class is female.

Academy staff wasted no time getting the students in the lab and familiar with biotechnology techniques and methods. Within the first week students were trained in lab safety, learning the basics of keeping a professional laboratory notebook and extracting DNA. Their first semester, which runs through the end of November, will focus on DNA technology — DNA extraction, amplification, library prep and sequencing.

We are thrilled to welcome this group to the GMGI family, grateful to be able to do so safely in-person, and we look forward to watching their continued growth over the next nine months!