Introducing Shelly Trigg, PhD – GMGI Research Scientist
We are thrilled to welcome Shelly Trigg, PhD, to the team as our newest Research Scientist.
Although originally from Massachusetts, Shelly joins us from the West Coast where she spent the past 10 years. After completing her B.S. at Simmons College in Boston, she worked as a Research Technician in GMGI co-founder Marc Vidal’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute lab. During this time, she became fascinated with big data and how network biology reveals complex relationships underlying cellular function. In 2011 Shelly joined Joe Ecker’s Genomic Analysis Lab at the Salk Institute in San Diego as a Research Assistant and was inspired to pursue a Ph.D, which included a genomics internship at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. She went on to pursue a postdoc at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at University of Washington.
With her Massachusetts roots and extensive experience in ‘-omic technologies’, Shelly feels a calling to apply her skills towards fisheries research. “I was so happy to find GMGI full of passionate researchers and staff who care deeply about making a local and global impact on the marine environment with a focus on fisheries,” she said. In her role, Shelly is looking forward to developing technologies and tools that can be used to improve the monitoring of fisheries, and to collaborate with GMGI’s top tier scientists, staff, Board of Directors as well as local biotech companies and universities. Her expertise will be applied in work on GMGI’s Rapid Detection of White Spot Syndrome Virus and Taura Syndrome Virus in Shrimp research project while developing new comparative genomics and epigenomics projects.
Through her virtual interview process, Shelly immediately sensed the enthusiasm and momentum of the Institute all the way from across the country. “It was contagious,” she said. “It made me excited and want to be a part of the revolutionary work GMGI is doing.” Her passion for community integrated and collaborative research is easily cultivated here at GMGI, with our unique position on Gloucester’s historic, working harbor. “I’m really looking forward to getting to know the community, understanding more about the local needs and realizing the role that GMGI can play in meeting these needs.”