Research and Discovery

Never before in Brown's history has research in the life sciences been so dynamic. Driven by external funding that has more than doubled since 1999, the research enterprise of Brown's Division of Biology and Medicine - which includes Alpert Medical School, the Program in Biology, the Public Health Program, and seven affiliated teaching hospitals - attracts $170 million annually.

Since 2002, the University has

  • hired 19 new tenure-track professors in the biological sciences, public health, and medicine with the goal of hiring at least 20 more;
  • purchased an eleven-story building as the new home for the ten research centers that comprise the Program in Public Health;
  • opened the 168,800-square-foot, $95-million Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences, which houses more than 60 new laboratories, a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility, and an electron microscopy suite and supports research in the departments of Neuroscience and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry;
  • forged a research and educational affiliation with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and
  • launched several major research programs, including the Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine, the Environmental Change Initiative and the Center for Computational and Molecular Biology.