Dr. Gorgevska is the Department Chair for Biotechnology. Shealso served as the Department Chair for Natural Sciences at Palm BeachState College from 2011-2018 as well as the Director of the BiotechnologyProgram and STEM Outreach in 2018. In 2017, she served as the InterimAssociate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Palm Beach Gardens Campus, overseeingall Natural Sciences, Allied Health, Health Concepts and Nutrition, ParalegalStudies 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 andcontinues to be involved with the development and expansion of biotechnologycurricula to meet the needs of the emerging bioscience community. In 2009, shewas honored with the Distinguished New Faculty Award at the 20th InternationalConference on College Teaching and Learning. She was a research mentor with theU.S. Army eCybermission program. She also served as the Curriculum DevelopmentManager for the Employ Florida Banner Center for Life Sciences at Palm BeachState College, which was a 3-year 1.2 million dollar grant-funded strategicplan to modernize Florida's workforce in order to meet the workforce needs ofthe state. Dr. Gorgevska was the Principal Investigator for a National ScienceFoundation Advanced Training Education (NSF-ATE) grant, a 2-year $200,000funded project that helped to increase enrollment, retention and success ofbiotechnology students within the program and into their careers. She workedwith the Quantum Foundation Science Path Institute, which was a 3-year grantinitiative to provide professional development training and updated curriculumfor high school science teachers. She helps represent the PBSC BiotechnologyProgram as part of the LSSF, Life Sciences South Florida consortium, includingserving on the student research symposium planning committee. She worked withthe PBSC Math & Science Institute for 10 years, which was a summer honorsprogram for dual enrolled and PBSC students. She is currently involved with thePBSC STEM Collegiate High School program. She is also a chemistry instructorwith the AAUW Tech Trek summer program for 8th grade girls. She strives toprovide high quality instruction by recruiting well-qualified adjunctinstructors from industry and research. She provides career mentorship tostudents in addition to seeking new, relevant curriculum to help train awell-qualified workforce.