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Kevin Portune received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware (2008) where his research involved the development of molecular detection tools to prevent harmful algal blooms in coastal oceanic waters. His research focused on toxin-producing dinoflagellate and raphidophyte phytoplankton species that form seasonal blooms in Mid-Atlantic coastal waters of the United States. Dr. Portune conducted post-doctoral research at the University of California, Merced (USA), in which he studied the transcriptomic profiles of developing Caribbean corals in response to temperature stresses.  Since 2008, Dr. Portune has been teaching courses including Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Contemporary Biology, and Cell Biology at the University of California, Merced (USA) and Merced College (USA). Dr. Portune moved to Spain in 2011 and started teaching at IE University in the fall of 2011.