Jessica Plavicki Receives Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Advising and Mentoring in Biological Sciences

This annual award recognizes Dr. Jessica Plavicki in the Division of Biology and Medicine for her outstanding teaching, advising and mentoring of students in the Undergraduate Divisional Programs in the Biological Sciences along with teaching excellence within courses; for advising (freshman, sophomore and especially, concentration advising) and for enhancing service to undergraduates (e.g., participation in special programs, presentations, events, etc.). Dr. Plavicki was also recognized for additional service/teaching such as mentoring directed research and independent studies including thesis and Honors supervision.

Shannon Martin Receives NRSA Award

Shannon Martin, 4th Pathobiology Graduate Student in the Plavicki Lab, received a Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31) from NHBLI. The title of her fellowship project is "Determining the role of macrophages in the developing cardiac conduction system".

Forensic Pathologist Dr. Priya Banerjee: Learning From the Dead to Help the Living

Dr. Priya Banerjee is at home with mementos of the dead. Bones and skulls from animals and artificial human remains decorate her house the way a gardener would fill their home with flowers. There are vegetables bursting from a giant skull dish, and the skeletal paws of a mother bear killed in Cranston years ago are mounted on a plaque and raised as if in supplication. Candy bones decorate her homemade French macarons, and a collection of skulls and skeletons adorn nooks and crannies throughout her home.

Please view the article on the Boston Globe below:

Forensic pathologist Dr. Priya Banerjee: Learning from the dead to help the living

September Faculty Accomplishments


Jeffrey Bailey, Associate Professor, received $483,122 for “Molecular surveillance of malaria in Tanzania.” The grant is a subaward through the National Institute for Medical Research from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 


Thomas Bartnikas, Associate Professor, publishes "Cutting not the key to TMPRSS6 activity?" in Blood. Full article can be found here

Alok Das Mohapatra, Postdoctoral Research Associate, publishes first-author paper in Cancer Immunology Research, titled "Cross-dressing of CD8α+ dendritic cells with antigens from live mouse tumor cells is a major mechanism of cross-priming." Full article can be found here

New Research Awards for Faculty

The July 2020 issue of Kudos, the newsletter for the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown, recognized Department faculty who received research awards.

Jeffrey A. Bailey, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, received $40,250  for “Age-associated development of antibody-mediated cytotoxic immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 Disease.” The grant is a subaward through the University of Massachusetts Medical School from the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness. 

Kim Boekelheide, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, received $500,000 for “Implementation of a Human Liver Two-Compartment Metabolizing System” from Unilever.

Alexander Brodsky, Pathology, RIH, received $573,040 for “Collagen Variants Sensitize Stomach Tumors to Therapeutics” from the Department of Defense. 

Jonathan D. Kurtis, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, received $134,493 for “One Health Vaccine Development for Bovine and Human Schistosomiasis, a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research” for Amanda Ruiz from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Shaolei Lu, Pathology, TMH, received $79,650 for “COVID-19 Antibody Surveillance Research Support” from the Rhode Island Department of Health.