Biotechnology Graduate Program Trainers

Biotechnology Trainer Directory

Click on a faculty member's name to access their full profile. For a complete list of the Brown Biomed Faculty based on division or name visit the Biomed Faculty Directory website.

Name   Research Interest
Roy Aaron
Professor of Orthopaedics
In the laboratory, Dr. Aaron is investigating aspects of the pathophysiology of OA focusing on circulatory disturbances in subchondral bone and the relationship of bone and cartilage abnormalities.
Wayne Bowen
MPPB Department Chair, Professor of Biology
We study sigma receptors, proteins found throughout the body. They bind several classes of psychoactive drugs. Activation of sigma-2 receptors causes programmed cell death (apoptosis).
Deborah Ciombor
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics (Research)
Dr. Deborah McK. Ciombor's research focuses on cell-based tissue engineering to create a transplantable biocomposite cartilage replacement that may be able to restore function lost to trauma or disease.
Joseph Crisco
Professor of Orthopaedics
Our work is focused on the in vivo study of the normal, pathological, and healing musculoskeletal joint. Measurement of biomechanical variables such as 3D kinematics, ligament strain, and joint contact are performed with our novel in vivo methods using sequential CT scans.
Eric Darling 
Assistant Professor of Medical Science 
The overall goal of my research is to understand the relationship between the biological function of cells and tissues and their micro/nano-scale mechanical properties. Particular attention is given to mesenchymal stem cells and how they can be used for therapeutic applications.
Braden Fleming
Professor of Orthopaedics
Primary research interests focus on knee and soft tissue biomechanics and biomedical instrumentation. Recent projects include the in vivo strain measurements of the human anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the development and application of an experimental model to investigate ligament and graft healing... read more.
Moses Goddard
Associate Professor of MPPB (Research)
Brown University
Box G-B3
Providence, RI 02912
Office: 401-241-0429

Karen Harnett
Assistant Professor of MPPB (Research)
Our research examines the mechanisms mediating contraction of the smooth muscle in the esophagus and Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). Disorders of esophageal motor function and LES competence, for instance gastroesophageal reflux disease, affect more than one in ten adults over 40 and one in four adults over 60 years of age.

James Harper
Director- Animal Care Facility

Brown University
Box G-F287
Providence, RI 02912
Office: 401-863-3223
Fax: 401-863-1984

Diane Hoffman-Kim
Associate Professor

The goal of the Hoffman-Kim laboratory is to understand axon guidance in complex environments and inform biomaterial and tissue engineering strategies for promoting nerve regeneration.
Gregory Jay
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Jay has investigated the lubricating properties of synovial fluid and what role it may play in degenerative joint diseases. He confirmed that lubricin is a mucinous glycoprotein and showed that the glycosylations on this molecule provide for a lower coefficient of friction between both biological and non-biological rubbing surfaces.
Gideon Koren
Professor of Medicine
Gideon Koren's research focuses on the regulation of expression voltage-gated potassium channels and mechanisms of sudden death.
John Marshall
Professor of Medical Science
In response to hormonal or synaptic stimulation, excitable cells (including smooth muscle, cardiac muscle, and neurons) undergo a diversity of changes in their electrical properties.
Edith Mathiowitz
Professor of Medical Science
Research in our laboratory focuses on the polymer science-medicine interface. Areas of interest include development and modeling of novel drug delivery systems, particularly for the release of insulin and growth factors; etc.
Ulrike Mende
Associate Professor of Medicine
Ulrike Mende is interested in the functional role of G proteins (GTP-binding proteins) and their regulators (Regulators of G protein Signaling) in the heart. They are crucial for the transmission of signals from the cell surface to the inside.
Jeffrey Morgan
Associate Professor of Medicine, Engineering Co-Director Center for Biomedical Engineering
Research in the lab is focused on understanding the molecular and cellular biology of the skin with an eye towards new therapeutic approaches to wound healing, the repair of the skin and the improvement in the performance of percutaneous medical devices.
Elena Oancea
Assistant Professor of Medical Science
The focus of my laboratory is in understanding signal transduction events using fluorescent microscopy in living cells. My lab is equipped with a state-of-the-art two-color TIRF microscope, which we will use to study UV-induced pigmentation in human skin and melanoma behavior.
Wolfgang Peti
Associate Professor of Medical Science & Director, Structural Biology Core Facility
Repair and Regenerative Medicine
Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology

- BIOL 1200: Protein Biophysics and Structural Biology webpage: 
Sharon Swartz
Professor of Biology & Engineering
My primary research interest is the function and evolution of the vertebrate skeletal system. I seek to better understand and interpret the tremendous diversity and range of adaptation in design of vertebrate, particularly the mammalian skeletons.
Anubhav Tripathi
Associate Professor of Engineering
My research focuses on understanding biochemical and biomolecular processes in microchip environments.
 Jay Tang
Associate Professor of Physics
Professor Tang's lab is currently involved in a new research program of molecular biophysics. The main research goal is to understand the mechanisms and properties of protein assemblies. In particular, the Tang lab studies the assembly of the so-called cytoskeletal proteins, such as actin and tubulin, which form long filaments.
Beth Zielinski-Habershaw
Lecturer, Department of MPPB
Brown University
Box G-B3
Providence, RI 02912
Office: 401-863-2946