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Dr. Matthew Bahamonde has both classroom and real-world biotechnology experience, specializing in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Genomics. As assistant professor at Farmingdale State, he has been integral in the development new courses for the Bioscience curriculum and has worked closely with the curriculum’s advisory board to ensure that course reflect real world needs and skills.
Dr. Bahamonde earned a PhD in Biological Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. His studies involved mouse developmental biology, looking into the genes required to specify bone development. He co-authored the paper “Bone Morphogenetic Protein 3 (BMP3) is a negative regulator of bone density” published in Nature Genetics in 2001. It outlined his discovery of the function of the BMP3 gene and its regulation of bone density. He earned both a MS in Biology and a post baccalaureate certificate in Biotechnology at California State University, Los Angeles, where was granted a Minority Biomedical Research Support Fellowship was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He gained a BS in Aquaculture at the University of Rhode Island.
During his time as a Research Scientist at Nastech Pharmaceuticals he was in charge of developing a research program into epithelial (skin) cells and how to get drugs to pass through them into the blood, focusing mainly on nasal epithelial cells.
As a consulting biotechnologist with Westbury Diagnostics he collaborated to develop and produce monoclonal antibodies for a local distributor of scientific products. These antibodies are used in a variety of experiments to determine the presence or absence of the compound to which they bind.
Currently Dr. Bahamonde is the PreHealth Professions Advisor for Farmingdale State where he assists students in with their applications to medical, dental, veterinary, and other health profession schools.
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