(Release: January 13, 2011) - Officials at Hagerstown Community College are pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Manfre as instructor of biotechnology. A graduate of North Hagerstown High School, Manfre went on to complete her doctoral degree in genetics from Clemson University.
“We are thrilled to have found someone of Dr. Manfre’s caliber to take our growing biotechnology program to the next level,” said Guy Altieri, HCC president. “Her knowledge, experience, insight, and enthusiasm will undoubtedly be a huge asset to the program and its students.”
“I am very excited to join the biotechnology program at HCC,” said Manfre. “I am looking forward to working with the faculty, students, and secondary science teachers to develop and expand the opportunities for biotechnology education in Washington County.”
In her new position, Manfre will teach a full load of credit courses within the biotechnology curriculum, serve as co-principal investigator with Mathematics and Science Division chair Judith Peisen for HCC’s current National Science Foundation grant: Pathways to Careers in Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing, coordinate the Biotechnology Summer Institutes for ESSENCE students and secondary science teachers, coordinate off-campus student internship sites, and assist with administrative duties within the division.
Before earning her Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University, Manfre earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas Christian University. During summer breaks as an undergraduate student, she took a few classes at Hagerstown Community College.
Manfre most recently held the position of postdoctoral research associate with the United States Department of Agriculture in Kearneysville, W.V. Prior to that, she held similar research positions with the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland, the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College, and the Department of Genetics, Biochemistry and Life Science Studies at Clemson University.
Manfre’s research experience has primarily utilized molecular biology approaches to agricultural research questions. She has extensive experience in molecular biology techniques, including genomic and plasmid DNA extractions, RNA and protein isolations, as well as various types of polymerase chain reaction.