Professor of Biology
AB, Temple University; MS, University of New Haven; PhD, Princeton University
Edward G. Bernstine, PhD, MS, is professor of biology and forensic science at Bay Path College. He teaches biochemistry, biotechnology, cell & molecular biology, forensic biology and genetics as well as crime scene investigation. Dr. Bernstine brings his extensive work experience in scientific research and forensic science to each of his courses.
Specializing in biochemistry and genetics, Bernstine received his doctorate in biology from Princeton University. After more than two decades working in scientific research, Bernstine pursued his master’s degree in forensic science, concentrating on criminalistics, at the University of New Haven, and changed careers.
Prior to joining Bay Path in August 2006, Bernstine served as a Supervisory Chemist III in the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory in Agawam, where he was responsible for lab operations and handling evidence from western Massachusetts crime scenes from 1999 to 2005. He provided expert testimony in cases involving homicides, sexual assaults, and hit-and-run motor vehicle incidents, among others. His areas of expertise include bloodstain pattern analysis and crime scene procedures and reconstruction; identification of body fluids; recognition and collection of biological and trace evidence; development and interpretation of gunshot residue patterns; and serum/plasma ethanol concentrations and blood-alcohol concentrations.
Bernstine has served as an executive for several biotechnology firms, including International Biotechnology Laboratories Inc. in Cambridge, MA and Fibromed Inc. in Boston. As a senior research scientist for Integrated Genetics Inc., which is now part of Genzyme, Bernstine’s research team cloned and expressed genes for human fertility hormones. Bernstine held the position of senior research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, ME and the Centre de Génétique Moléculaire du CNRS in France.
He has authored numerous papers, which have appeared in several scientific publications, including Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Journal of Biological Chemistry. In addition to his scientific research, Bernstine has served as a senior fellow in forensic sciences at Harvard Medical School’s Program in Psychiatry and the Law, and he is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences—Criminalistics Section and Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS). During his tenure at the NEAFS, he has chaired the Education Committee, organized forensic biology presentations, and represented the NEAFS on the Examination Committee of the American Board of Criminalistics.