Tod R. Fairbanks photo

Dr. Tod R. Fairbanks

Professor III

Phone: (561) 207-5071
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Office: SC 0208
Mailing Address: 3160 PGA Boulevard, MS 45, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
 

Class Schedule & Syllabi

Fall 2018
Course IDCourse InformationLinksSyllabus
BSC1010
PRIN OF BIOLOGY 1 (Ref: 244993)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00170 Days: MW
Syllabus
BSC1010
PRIN OF BIOLOGY 1 (Ref: 244991)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00211 Days: T
Syllabus
BSC1010L
PRIN BIOLOGY 1 LAB (Ref: 245000)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00146 Days: T
Syllabus
BSC1011
PRIN OF BIOLOGY 2 (Ref: 245008)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00143 Days: M
Syllabus
BSC1011
PRIN OF BIOLOGY 2 (Ref: 245009)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00154 Days: TR
Syllabus
BSC1011L
PRIN BIOLOGY 2 LAB (Ref: 245010)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00144 Days: R
Syllabus
BSC1011L
PRIN BIOLOGY 2 LAB (Ref: 245011)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00144 Days: R
Syllabus
BSC2421
INTRO BIOTECHNOLOGY (Ref: 245061)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00211 Days: T
Syllabus
MCB2010
MICROBIOLOGY (Ref: 245379)
ONLINE
Syllabus
Spring 2019
Course IDCourse InformationLinksSyllabus
BSC1010
PRIN OF BIOLOGY 1 (Ref: 250378)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00211 Days: T
BSC1010
PRIN OF BIOLOGY 1 (Ref: 250379)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00234 Days: TR
BSC1011
PRIN OF BIOLOGY 2 (Ref: 250387)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00255 Days: MW
BSC1011
PRIN OF BIOLOGY 2 (Ref: 250386)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00211 Days: M
BSC1011L
PRIN BIOLOGY 2 LAB (Ref: 250389)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00144 Days: R
BSC1011L
PRIN BIOLOGY 2 LAB (Ref: 250391)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00144 Days: R
BSC2421
INTRO BIOTECHNOLOGY (Ref: 250416)
Location: (Palm Beach Gardens) SC 00211 Days: M
MCB2010
MICROBIOLOGY (Ref: 250730)
ONLINE
Monday: 10:45am to 12:45pm
Tuesday: 10:45am to 5pm
Wednesday: 10:45am to 12:45pm

Becky Mercer
Associate Dean

Phone: (561) 207-5416
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Office: SC 0160
Mailing Address: 3160 PGA Boulevard, MS 45, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Education
Certifications

I was born in Vermont and graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) with BS in medical technology. During the Vietnam War, I was drafted into US Army where I served as a Medical Lab Specialist at Fort Dix, Fort Sam Houston, Fort Sheridan and the US Public Health Clinic in Chicago.  

Upon honorable discharged from the Army, I completed a Master of Science degree in botany with a focus in phycology and cell biology from UVM. I continued working in Medical Center Hospital of Vermont Clinical Laboratory as the Supervisor of Clinical Immunology while completing a Master of Education degree in foundations of education at UVM.  Upon graduation with the M.Ed., I accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Illinois (Medical Center) where I taught immunology and several other components of laboratory science while completing a PhD at Rush University in the Department of Immunology.  I also had a part-time position as supervisor of the hematology lab at the 1,000-bed Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center (now Rush University Medical Center).

Upon completing my PhD, I was offered a position at Abbott Laboratories in the Abbott Diagnostics Division. There I worked on numerous products involving tests for allergy, cancer, and infectious diseases including strep throat and HIV, and 15 consumer diagnostics.  In addition to tests, I evaluated numerous Abbott diagnostic instruments.

From Abbott I was recruited to Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) where I served as a Global Marketing Research Manager for infectious diseases and cancer, and then Global Product Manager for cancer products including TAXOL®. Subsequent to pharmaceuticals, I moved to Director of Corporate Marketing Research involving medical devices and consumer products, which led to involvement in mergers and acquisitions and corporate consulting, where I worked with such companies as Boston Consulting, McKinsey, AD Little, Navigant, Medical Data International, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan.

From BMS I moved to Pharmacia in the oncology pharmaceuticals group and when Pfizer acquired Pharmacia I returned to BMS in as the Director of oncology licensing. As the Director of oncology licensing, I evaluated nearly 250 new compounds, products and ideas per year from nearly as many companies.  I monitored several development programs including the TAXOL® synthesis project from Florida State University for five years.  Notable projects and companies in which I was involved included ImClone, Medarex, National Institute of Health and Nerviano Medical Sciences.  Then I moved to Florida.

Currently, I am a Professor III of Biology, Microbiology and Biotechnology at Palm Beach State College teaching biology 1 and 2 for majors, microbiology and introduction to biotechnology.  I also teach a graduate course in biotechnology business at Florida Atlantic University in the Biology and Business departments. At Palm Beach Atlantic University, I guest lecture in pharmacology for rheumatoid arthritis and have participated in several courses for immunology, biotechnology, transplantation, and infectious diseases all in the Gregory School of Pharmacy.  Finally, I guest lecture in Nova Southeastern University’s graduate pharmacy program on the role of marketing research in the pharmaceutical industry.

However, since I like school, I am also enrolled in the University of Florida on line program to receive a certificate in pharmaceutical chemistry.

I am the Biology Cluster Chairperson at PBSC, the faculty advisor to the PBSC Pre-Pharmacy Club and for the fall of 2017, I am the Interim Department Chairperson for the PBSC Environmental Sciences Program.

That is my story, so far.

  • BSC 1010 Principles of Biology 1 Lecture
  • BSC 1011 Principles of Biology 2 Lecture
  • BSC 1011L Principles of Biology 2 Laboratory
  • BSC 2421 Introduction to Biotechnology Lecture
  • MCB 2010 Microbiology Lecture
  • MCB 2010L Microbiology Laboratory