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November 11, 2009

Dr. Michael Decastro Joins Farmingdale State

Chemistry Department Welcomes New Assistant Professor

Dr. Michael De Castro has joined the College as an assistant professor in the chemistry department. Dr. De Castro's extensive background includes expertise in anti-cancer vaccines and developing new methods used in pharmaceutical products.

De Castro was a post-doctoral associate through a National Institute of Health Fellowship at the University of Georgia in the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center from 2006 through 2008. He received his PhD in 2006 from Seton Hall University in organic chemistry and carbohydrate synthesis. While at Seton Hall, he served as a SEED Mentor, introducing science to high school students. A resident of Leonia, New Jersey, De Castro also holds an MS in organic chemistry and carbohydrate synthesis, and a BS in chemistry from Bloomfield College.

Farmingdale State's chemistry department is part of the College's School of Arts & Sciences, which enrolls more than 2,500 students. The department offers critical support courses to students who are completing baccalaureate or associate degrees as they prepare for careers in chemistry, chemical engineering, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biology, veterinary medicine, forensic science, allied health professions and professions requiring a foundation in science.