The GMGI Science Hour

Born out of the stay-at-home order implemented during the COVID-19 outbreak in spring 2020, the GMGI Science Hour gives GMGI the unique opportunity to bring world-class and innovative science safely to the community at home. Scientists from the GMGI network and beyond graciously share their time and expertise with audiences through captivating, hour-long virtual lectures and discussions.

Upcoming Science Hours

The GMGI Science Hour is back in 2021 with a stellar lineup of speakers ready to bring timely, engaging science to you at home.

Please see below for details and registration information on our upcoming talks, and reach out to with any questions.

April 29, 2021

Dr. Mandë Holford

Associate Professor, Hunter College, The American Museum of Natural History, CUNY Graduate Center

Venom Attacks Cancer

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Dr. Mandë Holford is an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Hunter College and CUNY-Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at The American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine. Her research, from mollusks to medicine, combines -omic technologies with chemical biology to examine venoms and venomous animals as agents of change and innovation in evolution and in manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer. She is active in science education, advancing the public understanding of science, and science diplomacy. She co-founded Killer Snails, LLC, an award winning EdTech learning games company that uses extreme creatures, like venomous marine snails, as a conduit to advance scientific learning in K-12 classrooms. Her honors include being named: a 2020 Sustainability Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, Breakthrough Women in Science by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and NPR’s Science Friday, a Wings WorldQuest Women of Discovery Fellow, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, an NSF CAREER awardee, and Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. Her PhD is from The Rockefeller University.

Q&A to be moderated by GMGI Donald G. Comb Science Director Andrea Bodnar.

May 13, 2021

Nadia Rosenthal, PhD

Scientific Director and Professor, The Jackson Laboratory for Mammalian Genetics

Exploring COVID-19 host genetics with mice

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Nadia Rosenthal is Scientific Director of The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.  She obtained her PhD from Harvard Medical School, where she later directed a biomedical research laboratory, then headed the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) campus in Rome.  She founded EMBL Australia as its Scientific Head, and was Founding Director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute in Melbourne. She is an EMBO member, a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science. She also holds a Chair in Cardiovascular Science at Imperial College London.

Rosenthal’s current work focuses on the role of growth factors, stromal cells and the immune system in the resolution of tissue injury for applications in regenerative medicine, modifying the profile of immune cell infiltration to facilitate or prevent tissue repair. Rosenthal’s team has demonstrated the power of harnessing mouse genetic diversity to identify new genetic pathways in the varied outcome of cardiovascular disease, and more recently to model variations in host genetic responses to COVID-19.

Q&A to be moderated by GMGI Co-founder Marc Vidal.

Past Science Hours

If you’d like to be kept up to date regarding future Science Hour speakers and events, please reach out to Ashley Destino at

The GMGI Science Hour: NEEMO 23: Simulating Space Exploration in a Real-life Undersea Environment
The GMGI Science Hour: OceanX and the Future of Ocean Science
The GMGI Science Hour: Sea Urchins and the Secret to a Long and Healthy Life
The GMGI Science Hour: From a Laboratory “C-” to Stockholm – My Improbable Path to the Nobel Prize
The GMGI Science Hour: COVID-19 – Learning from Patients
The GMGI Science Hour: GFP – Lighting Up Life
The GMGI Science Hour: Using Advanced Technologies to Explore the Underwater Behavior of Humpback Whales
The GMGI Science Hour: Genomics as a Tool for Improving Fisheries Management and Marine Conservation
The GMGI Science Hour: Outbreak Response in the Genomic Age