Dr. Alexandra Gorgevska is the Department Chair for Biotechnology andNatural Sciences at Palm Beach State College. She also recently served as theInterim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Palm Beach Gardens Campus,overseeing all Natural Sciences, Allied Health, Health Concepts and Nutrition,Paralegal Studies and Business & Entrepreneurship. She received herBachelor's Degree in Biochemistry & Business Management from the Universityof Michigan and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Department of Chemistry atWayne State University specializing in DNA-protein cross-links. Her researchinvolved the investigation and discovery of novel mechanisms and structures offormalin cross-link formation between DNA and proteins that form as a result ofthe fixation process during biopsy preservation. She has worked as a researchtechnician in the Vascular Research Laboratory at William Beaumont Hospital anda research fellow at the University of Michigan-Department of Physiologystudying peripheral vascular occlusive disorders. She was a post-doctoralresearch fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the National Instituteon Aging, where she investigated the mechanisms of rare premature agingdisorders, primarily that of Werner's Syndrome.
Dr. Gorgevska has and continues to be involved with thedevelopment and expansion of biotechnology curricula to meet the needs of theemerging bioscience community. In 2009, she was honored with the DistinguishedNew Faculty Award at the 20th International Conference on College Teaching andLearning. She was a research mentor with the U.S. Army eCybermission program.She also served as the Curriculum Development Manager for the Employ FloridaBanner Center for Life Sciences at Palm Beach State College, which was a 3-year1.2 million dollar grant-funded strategic plan to modernize Florida's workforcein order to meet the workforce needs of the state. Dr. Gorgevska was thePrincipal Investigator for a National Science Foundation Advanced TrainingEducation (NSF-ATE) grant, a 2-year $200,000 funded project that helped toincrease enrollment, retention and success of biotechnology students within theprogram and into their careers. She worked with the Quantum Foundation SciencePath Institute, which was a 3-year grant initiative to provide professionaldevelopment training and updated curriculum for high school science teachers.She helps represent the PBSC Biotechnology Program as part of the LSSF, LifeSciences South Florida consortium, including serving on the student researchsymposium planning committee. She worked with the PBSC Math & ScienceInstitute for 10 years, which was a summer honors program for dual enrolled andPBSC students. She is currently involved with the PBSC STEM Collegiate HighSchool program. She is also a chemistry instructor with the AAUW Tech Treksummer program for 8th grade girls. She strives to provide highquality instruction by recruiting well-qualified adjunct instructors fromindustry and research. She provides career mentorship to students in additionto seeking new, relevant curriculum to help train a well-qualified workforce.