Biotechnology Faculty & Staff
Dr. Alexandra Gorgevska
Science Professor II
Department Chair, Natural Science & Biotechnology
Dr. Gorgevska is a tenured professor of Biotechnology and Chemistry at Palm Beach State College. She also serves as Department Chair for the Biotechnology Program and the Department of Natural Sciences. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry & Business Management from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Department of Chemistry at Wayne State University specializing in DNA-protein cross-links. Her research involved the investigation and discovery of novel mechanisms and structures of formalin cross-link formation between DNA and proteins that form as a result of the fixation process during biopsy preservation. She has worked as a research technician in the Vascular Research Laboratory at William Beaumont Hospital and a research fellow at the University of Michigan-Department of Physiology studying peripheral vascular occlusive disorders. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute on Aging, where she investigated the mechanisms of premature aging disorders, primarily that of Werner's Syndrome.
Dr. Gorgevska has and continues to be involved with the development and expansion of biotechnology curricula to meet the needs of the emerging bioscience community. In 2009, she was honored with the Distinguished New Faculty Award at the 20th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. She was a research mentor with the U.S. Army eCybermission program. She also served as the Curriculum Development Manager for the Employ Florida Banner Center for Life Sciences at Palm Beach State College; which was a 3-year 1.2 million dollar grant-funded strategic plan to modernize Florida's workforce in order to meet the workforce needs of the state. Dr. Gorgevska was recently the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation Advanced Training Education (NSF-ATE) grant, a 2-year $200,000 funded project that helped to increase enrollment, retention and success of biotechnology students within the program and into their careers. She strives to provide high quality instruction by recruiting well-qualified adjunct instructors from industry. She provides career mentorship to students in addition to seeking new, relevant curriculum to help train a well-qualified workforce.
Dr. Tod Fairbanks
Science Professor III
Dr. Fairbanks is a 38-year veteran of the health care industry. He began his career as a medical technologist/supervisor/clinical instructor at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont/UVM, Burlington, Vermont and then moved to an Assistant/Associate Professor position in Laboratory Sciences at the University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Rush University, Chicago and subsequently moved to Abbott Diagnostics at Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago where he worked on new worldwide diagnostic products. From Abbott, Dr. Fairbanks moved into the pharmaceutical industry including Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pharmacia, where he worked for the last 17 years in global marketing, research, competitive intelligence, global new product development, global marketing, corporate development (M&A) and finally, licensing. The licensing position included evaluations of several hundred biotech and university partnering opportunities per year. Most of his pharmaceutical experience involves oncology and pharmacogenomics. Dr. Fairbanks also has a Master of Science degree in botany (cell biology of algae) and Master of Education degree in foundations of education.
Currently, Dr. Fairbanks provides consulting services on drug development/licensing/investing as well as the interface of drug and diagnostic products. He serves on the Town of Jupiter Economic Advisory Board, which reviews applicants for funding from the Economic Development Fund.
Dr. Mark Clementz
Adjunct Biotechnology Professor
Dr. Clementz is an adjunct professor of Biotechnology and Microbiology at Palm Beach State College. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute in the laboratory of Susana Valente. He earned his B.S. in Biology from Benedictine University and Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Loyola University Chicago. In his predoctoral work, he studied antagonism of the innate immune system by SARS coronavirus. As a postdoc, he characterized host cell restriction factors of HIV replication as well as investigated the mode of action of an HIV Tat inhibitor along with generation and characterization of HIV mutant virus against this inhibitor.
Adjunct Biotechnology Professor
Nick Bild is an adjunct professor of Biotechnology at Palm Beach State College and
a bioinformaticist at The Scripps Research Institute. He earned his B.S. in Information
Systems and M.S. in Medical and Bioinformatics from Grand Valley State University.
He has been involved in a number of large scale research projects, including the ENCODE
and modENCODE projects during his time at the University of Chicago. His professional
interests include the application of computational resources and algorithm development
to solve big data problems in biology and health care.
Biotechnology Lab Specialist
Edison Mejia has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Antioquia- Colombia. His passion for science started 20 years ago while studying diagnosis, infection and epidemiology of Trypanosomiasis.
Edison later joined Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY where he worked for 12 years as a Research Specialist in the Molecular Genetic and Microbiology Department. During his time there, he worked with tissue culture and performed experiments with a chimera of Hepatitis C virus. He also conducted experiments on Yersinia bacterium and its interaction with eukaryotic cells. Edison then moved on to the Pharmacological Sciences Department where he participated in projects involving molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, structural and biochemical characterization of different mitochondrial proteins and X-Ray Crystallography.
Administrative Assistant II
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