Dr. Horrigan Promotion and Teaching Award

May 3, 2019

MPPB is delighted to share that Diana Horrigan, Ph.D., has been promoted to Senior Lecturer, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Horrigan also has been awarded the Elizabeth Leduc Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Life Sciences for 2019.

Dr. Horrigan received her B.A. at Assumption College, focusing on biology, secondary education and Spanish.  She received her Ph.D. at Brown for her work in Anita Zimmerman's lab on membrane proteins important in vision.  In particular, among other discoveries, she characterized the binding site for Vitamin A derivatives on a vision-related ion channel protein present in retinal rod cells.  Dr. Horrigan also has performed postdoctoral research in Elena Oancea's lab on processes involved in skin pigmentation and the effects of ultraviolet light on the skin. 

Despite her successes in research, Dr. Horrigan's first love always has been teaching, and she has become incredibly successful and popular in that calling.  She began by teaching at Bryant University, Assumption College and Bridgewater State College, before being hired at Brown, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and receives extremely high ratings.  She also is a very popular advisor of undergraduate and graduate students, and serves on the Graduate Program Committee for our Ph.D. program in Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology (MPP), as well on TEAM STEM and in other advisory groups.  Dr. Horrigan also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Brown-Partnered Physician’s Assistant Program at Bryant University, where she teaches Physiology & Pathophysiology.  This coming Fall, she will also teach in the Brown/Pfizer Master of Arts Program.  She also participates in STEM outreach, is a reviewer of scientific and educational articles, and has written an online textbook chapter on Specialized Senses (Top Hat online textbook, Anatomy & Physiology in Context).

Dr. Horrigan not only is a very clear lecturer with tremendous expertise in the subjects she teaches, but her teaching style is characterized by creativity, an incredible ability to engage the students, and a devotion to the welfare and intellectual growth of the students, reflected in both her teaching and mentoring.  She exemplifies the strong teaching and mentoring style for which Brown is famous.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Horrigan on these major achievements.