Professor Hewlett is a Pre-med graduate of Bucknell University (B.S. in Biology) and the University of Connecticut (M.S. in Physiology/Marine Science). After graduating from the University of Connecticut, he entered a doctoral training program within the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Rochester, where he worked on adenoviral vectors for gene therapy. Professor Hewlett currently serves as the Director of Biotechnology/ Biomanufacturing at FLCC. In addition to teaching, he serves as the New York Hub Director of the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2). He also serves on the Editorial Board of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science and the Editorial Board of The American Society of Cell Biology’s CBE Life Sciences Education journal. He serves on the Advisory Board for Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology (CBET) and is a member of the Steering Committee for the University of Georgia’s RCN-UBE Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences Network (CUREnet).
Professor Hewlett’s active areas of scientific research include molecular indicators of stress in corals and the use of biomarkers for the early detection of symbiotic breakdown, the employment of non-invasive DNA-based mark and recapture methods in population ecology studies, and the study of macro-level indicators of stress in tropical coral reef ecosystems. The coral reef research is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Bruce Jackson at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell under the Research Integrating Molecular and Environmental Science Program. The goal of the RIMES program is to markedly increase the number of underrepresented minorities and women investigators in the environmental sciences. Professor Hewlett is the National Coordinator for Community Colleges under the RIMES Program, and also serves as the National Coordinator for Reef Check activities for the island country of Montserrat where RIMES student scholars conduct their environmental research under the mentorship of a team of international scientists.
Mike Fino is a professor and chair for the Biotechnology Department at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA; he is currently serving an assignment as the Interim Dean of Mathematics and Sciences. Mike has degrees in bioengineering (BS, MEng) from the University of California, San Diego, and, for eight years, worked in various bioprocess engineering capacities from research, product development, and manufacturing support for tissue engineered medical products. In 2004, Mike joined MiraCosta to develop a new Bioprocess Technology program that addresses the skills and knowledge required for development and production technicians where traditional laboratory techniques meet the impact of scale, regulation, and process control. Mike served four years as a Director and Student Affairs Chair for the San Diego Chapter of ISPE and is currently a Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education grant to promote the development of biomanufacturing educational infrastructure. Mike coordinated the development of community college level coursework in biofuels production and analysis as part of the California-funded EDGE Initiative lead by UCSD. Most recently, Mike authored a first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree in biomanufacturing that will offer the first upper division classes in fall 2017.
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