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Frederic Bertley

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Immunologist
Museum Education Administrator
Health Researcher
Museum President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Chicken Roti from Trinidad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Think, it's not illegal yet.

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1970
Birth Location:
Montreal,

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Immunologist
Museum Education Administrator
Health Researcher
Museum President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Chicken Roti from Trinidad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Think, it's not illegal yet.

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1970
Birth Location:
Montreal
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Biography

Museum president and health researcher Frederic Bertley was born in Montreal, Canada in 1970. His father, Leo Bertley, served as professor of history at Vanier College, as editor of the newspaperAfro-Can, and author of Anglophone Blacks in Quebec; his mother, June Bertley, was the founder and president of the Quebec Task Force on Immigrant Women. Bertley graduated from McGill University with his B.Sc. degree in physiology and mathematics in 1994, and his Ph.D. degree in immunology in 1999. From 2000 to 2003, Bertley served as postdoctoral research fellow in development of an HIV vaccine at the Harvard University Medical School and the Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1993, Bertley was named International Project Manager for the International Development Research Council (IDRC). While there, he provided clinical and technical support for researchers in Sudan, Africa and in Haiti, West Indies. After teaching at Northeastern University, Bertley joined Roxbury Community College in 2006 where he directed the Louis Stokes Alliance Membership Program, the Bridges and the Boston Science Partnership (BSP) programs. He was also recruited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to serve as director of the Research Experience for Undergraduates program. In 2008, Bertley was named vice president of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also serves as director of the Franklin Center, director of the Franklin Awards Program, and executive director of the Journal of The Franklin Institute.

Bertley was also the founder and director of the Color of Science Program and the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MACSP). He has published research in numerous academic scientific journals including the Journal of Immunology, Nature of Medicine, Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease, and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.Bertley also co-authored the monographs, Absence of Immunologic Injury Following Hgh titer Vaccination in the Sudan, From West Philly to the White House: The Story of the Franklin Institute’s Partnership for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS), and The Power of 3 Months: The Positive Impact of a Basic Science Research Internship of Underrepresented Minority Students.

Bertley served on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Biotech Life Sciences Institute (PBLSI), the Garvey Institute, Inc., and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. He is a member of the Quebec Black Medical Association and served as a mentor for the Bell Science Foundation. Bertley is a recipient of the Dean’s Service Award from Harvard Medical School and the Dell Inspire 100 World Changers Award. He was also named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list. Bertley has keynoted or been an invited speaker at numerous venues including the White House, the U.S. Department of Interior, and the United Nations.

Frederic Bertley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on Jun 18, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Frederic Bertley's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Frederic Bertley lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frederic Bertley describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frederic Bertley talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frederic Bertley describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Frederic Bertley talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Frederic Bertley talks about his parents' involvement in the Universal Negro Improvement Association
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frederic Bertley describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frederic Bertley describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frederic Bertley describes his three siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frederic Bertley talks about his family's debates
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Frederic Bertley describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Frederic Bertley talks about learning French as a child in Quebec, Canada
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Frederic Bertley describes growing up African Canadian in Quebec, Canada
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Frederic Bertley describes becoming the Most Valuable Player at Cooper's Sport Camp
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Frederic Bertley describes a racial incident he experienced as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frederic Bertley describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frederic Bertley talks about his first primary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frederic Bertley talks about the presence of religion in his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frederic Bertley talks about the United Negro Improvement Association presence in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frederic Bertley describes the Garvey Institute pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frederic Bertley describes the Garvey Institute School pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Frederic Bertley talks about his interest in science during school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frederic Bertley talks about his high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frederic Bertley describes attending Vanier College as part of the Canadian educational system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frederic Bertley describes his teachers at Vanier College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Frederic Bertley describes his decision to attend McGill University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Frederic Bertley describes his experience at McGill University, his interest in immunology and working in the laboratory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Frederic Bertley describes his experience as a research assistant in Haiti pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Frederic Bertley describes his experience as a research assistant in Haiti pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Frederic Bertley describes being a research assistant in Sudan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Frederic Bertley talks about his experiences in Sudan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Frederic Bertley describes his doctoral dissertation pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Frederic Bertley describes his doctoral dissertation pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Frederic Bertley describes his research on the Epstein-Barr virus
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Frederic Bertley describes his research on HIV as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Frederic Bertley describes his research on HIV as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Frederic Bertley describes teaching at Roxbury Community College and Northeastern University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Frederic Bertley talks about his involvement in the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Frederic Bertley describes his research on HIV vaccines
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Frederic Bertley describes his time working at WilmerHale, LLP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Frederic Bertley describes how he met his wife
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Frederic Bertley describes becoming a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Frederic Bertley talks about why he decided not to start a research laboratory pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Frederic Bertley talks about why he decided not to start a research laboratory pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Frederic Bertley describes being recruited by the Franklin Institute
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Frederic Bertley describes the projects he oversees at the Franklin Institute
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Frederic Bertley describes the demographics of the Franklin Institute
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Frederic Bertley describes the programs for minorities at the Franklin Institute
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Frederic Bertley reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Frederic Bertley describes his philosophy on science education
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Frederic Bertley describes his plans for the Garvey Institute
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Frederic Bertley talks about the Philadelphia Chapter of the Garvey Institute
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Frederic Bertley describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Frederic Bertley talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Frederic Bertley reflects on his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Frederic Bertley describes the importance of The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Frederic Bertley talks about how he would like to be remembered