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Dr. Marcos Pinho

Adjunct Faculty Science Division

Bachelor of Science - Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics
California State University Long Beach – Long Beach, CA
Graduate School - Master of Science - Cellular and Molecular Biology
California State University Long Beach – Long Beach, CA
Postgraduate School - Ph.D. in Oncology
National Cancer Institute – INCA/Rio de Janeiro

After a few years in Law School, I decided it was time to shift gears and pursue a long time dream of working with scientific research in the area of Biological Sciences. I initiated my biological studies at El Camino College in Torrance, California in 1991. After approximately two years, I transferred my credits to the CSU system and engaged on my bachelor’s degree in Biology with an option in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics at the California State University Long Beach. Immediately upon gaining my Bachelor`s degree in the year 2000, I applied and was accepted to participate in the Spanish Scholarship Fund and initiated to work on my Master’s degree in the same area: Biology with an emphasis on Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics. I used the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism to study and identify genes responsible for the control of intracellular trafficking within the secretory pathway. The title of my Thesis was “Characterization of novel yeast mutants defective in endosome to vacuole trafficking”. Soon after the completion of my Master Thesis, I was invited by my Thesis Advisor to work as a head technician at the University’s Cellular and Molecular Laboratory. At the same time, I was also invited to teach a few classes at CSULB: Laboratory sections for Biology 211A (a biology class for science majors) and Microbiology for Health Professionals. One year after I started to teach and work at CSULB, I also began to teach a class at El Camino College: Biology 10, Fundamentals of Biology. After a few years teaching at both these Institutions, I decided that it was time to look for a Ph.D. program since I wanted to continue with my education. Due to the fact that I am fluent in English and Portuguese, I decided to engage in a Ph.D. program at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was a good opportunity to advance my scientific career and at the same time be close to my family that lives there. I initiated my Ph.D. studies in 2005 at the Brazilian National Cancer Institute, a reference center in Brazil for the treatment and research on Cancer. The Institute (INCA) is a well recognized center for excellence in cancer treatment in South America. The title of my thesis was: "Strategies for the identification of molecular biomarkers correlated with patient`s response to chemotherapy”. After 4 years of extensive research with clinical samples, I completed my Ph.D. in Oncology, with a focus on Clinical and Translational Research. Since the completion of my Ph.D., I worked for different companies in the private and public sectors in the areas of: molecular diagnostics and biotechnology (recombinant protein production and vaccines). For last 2 years, I worked as a Visiting Professor at the Federal University Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) where I did research on The Production of Recombinant Proteins for Therapeutic Use and taught classes in Biotechnology and Technological Biochemistry. I also participated as a Professor in the Training Program in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (TBiofar), an effort leaded by academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies to train personel in the growing field of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. For more details on Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Recombinant Protein Production for Therapeutic Use please access my web page (under construction) that will soon be available.

I am now, a proud Adjunct Professor in the Science Division here at Valencia College and strongly believe that I can make a significant contribution to your education, professional growth and career development.

Phone: 407-582-1407

Email: mpinho1@valenciacollege.edu

Office: Other

Office hours are by appointment only. No exceptions. Appointments are usually scheduled before or after classes.

RELEVANT ADDITIONAL TRAINING: 1. Gene expression Analysis by Real time Quantitative PCR – Life Technologies (2005). 2. Statistical Analysis of Microarray Expression Data – University of Copenhagen – Denmark (2007). 3. Introduction to R and Bioconductor – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – Seattle –USA (2007) 4. Methods and Tools for Advanced Gene Expression Analysis – Life Technologies (2010). 5. Operational Training and Applications (Ampliseq) on Ion PGM System – Life Technologies (2013). 6. Operational Training and Applications on Ion Proton Sequencer- Life Technologies (2013). 7. Introduction to Data Analysis for NGS Sequencing – Life Technologies (2013)