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.

Fall 2020 Schedule

The GMGI Science Hour is back this fall 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.

Thursday, December 3rd , 2020

Dr. Andrea Bodnar

GMGI Donald G. Comb Science Director

Sea Urchins and the Secret to a Long and Healthy Life

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Dr. Bodnar is a Scientist whose research interests lie at the intersection of marine biology and human health. With experience in both academic and industry settings she brings a unique perspective and broad experience important to establishing a new world-class research institute. Prior to joining GMGI as the Science Director, Dr. Bodnar was a Senior Scientist in the Molecular Discovery Lab at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). At BIOS, her research program focused on using sea urchins as models to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying extreme longevity, negligible aging and naturally occurring resistance to cancer. Prior to that, Dr. Bodnar held Senior Scientist positions in the Oncology Department of Hoffman-La Roche, the Department of Cell Biology and Pharmacology at Geron Corporation and the Bioprocessing Technology Institute at the National University of Singapore. She received a BSc and PhD in Biochemistry from McMaster University in Canada and conducted post-doctoral studies in the Department of Neurological Science at the University of London.

January 2021, TBA

Dr. Vincent Pieribone

Vice Chairman of OceanX, Professor at Yale School of Medicine


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Dr. Pieribone attended New York University College of Arts and Sciences where he received a baccalaureate degree in Biology and Chemistry in 1986. He then attend New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and received his doctorate in Philosophy in 1992 in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.

From 1990 to 1992 he was a National Science Foundation and Fogarty International Fellow at the Nobel Institute of Neurophysiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm Sweden. From Sweden Dr. Pieribone did post-doctoral work at The Rockefeller University in New York from 1992 to 1995 and became an Assistant Professor there in 1995. Dr. Pieribone joined the Pierce laboratory in December 1997. He is currently a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Neuroscience and is also a Fellow and Director of the John B. Pierce Laboratory.

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

Registration to be available at a later date.

Thursday, October 15th , 2020

Dr. Bruce Walker

Founding Director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
Pioneering virus researcher at MGH

COVID-19: Learning from Patients

Details and Link to Recorded Talk

Dr. Bruce D. Walker is the founding Director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard and the Director of the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research. He is also a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Professor of the Practice of Medicine at MIT, and Professor of Medicine at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Dr. Walker is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

Dr. Walker is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NIH Merit Award and the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award.

Q&A to be moderated by GMGI Board Member David Walt.

Thursday, November 19th , 2020

William G. Kaelin, Jr., M.D.

2019 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

From a Laboratory “C-” to Stockholm: My Improbable Path to the Nobel Prize

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William Kaelin obtained undergraduate and M.D. degrees from Duke University and completed his internal medicine training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he served as chief medical resident. He was a clinical fellow in medical oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Livingston, during which time he was a McDonnell Scholar. He is currently the Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. A Nobel laureate, Dr. Kaelin received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Doctor Kaelin is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the American College of Physicians, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. He recently served on the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors, the AACR Board of Trustees, and the IOM National Cancer Policy Board. He has received numerous awards including the MSKCC Paul Marks Prize, the AACR Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Prize, a Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award, the Canada International Gairdner International Award, the ASCI Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award, the Scientific Grand Prix of the Foundation Lefoulon-Delalande and the Institute of France, the Albert Lasker Prize, the Helis Award, and the Massry Prize.

Q&A to be moderated by GMGI Board Member 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: 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