Diversity in MCB

Diversity in MCB

Brown's Graduate School has been active in recruiting students from underrepresented groups since 1968. Increasing the diversity of our trainees enriches the educational experience for the entire university community and feeds a much-needed pipeline of talent for future faculty recruitment. Students currently receiving training in the MCB Graduate Program include students from underrepresented minorities, first-generation college graduates and international students. Recent alumni of the program include students who received their undergraduate degrees at minority-serving institutions such as the University of Puerto Rico, Xavier University of Louisiana and California State Polytechnic University.

The founding members of Brown's SACNAS chapter included three MCB graduate studentsThe founding members of Brown's SACNAS chapter included three MCB graduate students

Leadership Roles of Minority PhD Recipients

Brown's longstanding commitment to diversity in graduate education, especially in the biological sciences, is evident from the list of eminent minority scientists who received their Ph.D. degrees at Brown. Both faculty and alumni from Brown's Division of Biology and Medicine have played significant and leadership roles in promoting the recruitment of minorities into biomedical research at the national level. Past chairs of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) included PhD graduates (W. Anderson and J. K. Haynes) and a faculty trainer of the MCB Program at Brown. The vigorous activities of this committee have had significant impact at the national level.

The following scientists received their predoctoral training in the MCB Graduate Program or its predecessor graduate program (before 1976) in the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown.

Daniel Romero GS'86
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology
University of Minnesota

Gary L. Sanford GS'78

Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, & Immunology
Morehouse School of Medicine

Richard H. Pointer GS'75
Professor Emeritus
Biochemistry Department
Howard University

Margaret Tolbert GS'74
Senior Advisor
Office of Integrative Activities
National Science Foundation

Calbert A. Laing GS'74
Immunology Integrated Review Group National Institutes of Health
Center for Scientific Review

John K. Haynes GS'70
David Packer Professor and Dean of Science & Mathematics
Morehouse College

Winston A. Anderson GS'66
HHMI Professor and Professor of Zoology
Howard University
Recipient, 2002 White House Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Research

Edwin L. Cooper GS'63
Distinguished Professor
Neurobiology Department
David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA