Dr. Maggie Bryans is Professor and Coordinator of the Biotechnology program at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA. Dr. Bryans received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and went on to do postdoctoral work at Ciba Geigy in Basle, Switzerland and the Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University. She spent several years working in cancer research before joining MCCC in 2009. In addition to being Co-PI of NBC2 she is involved in the Department of Labor funded Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials, C3BC, initiative serving as faculty mentor for the biomanufacturing hub. With the support of the NBC2 and local industry partners Janssen, Pfizer, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, Dr. Bryans has developed and taught several biotechnology and biomanufacturing courses. MCCC’s program offers an Associates in Science, an Applied Associates in Science and a one-year certificate in Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing.
Dr. Linda Rehfuss is currently an Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology at Bucks County Community College in PA. Prior to this position, she served from 2002 to 2010 as both a faculty member and an academic dean of the division of Mathematics, Science and Advanced Technology at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) in PA. Some of Dr. Rehfuss’ expertise in the higher education sector includes experience with course development, program development, articulation agreement development, and academic program reviews. In 2010 she served as the co-chair for MCCC’s 5-year Periodic Review Report to Middle States, the academic accrediting agency responsible for community colleges in the region. Dr. Rehfuss has successfully garnered grant funding (as a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator) totally over $10,000,000 from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Labor. Dr. Rehfuss has served as an external evaluator for academic program reviews at other higher education institutions, a reviewer for several biotechnology textbooks and an evaluator for grant-funded programs. Preceding her career in the higher education sector, Dr. Rehfuss held several positions in the pharmaceutical industry in the Philadelphia region. Dr. Rehfuss educational background includes earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Lawrence University, a Ph.D. in Biology from Syracuse University and a postdoctoral fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University.
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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