Lola Brown is a scientist, educator, and entrepreneur. She is the Assistant Dean for Research at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). In addition to her leadership roles in higher education, Dr. Brown also supports consults with organizations and works with individuals seeking support in achieving success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She has worked with organizations including Weill Cornell School of Biomedical Sciences, MIT, Stevens Institute of Technology and the Boys and Girls Club.
Dr. Brown's training and expertise as a scientist, educator, entrepreneur and academic administrator gives her a unique perspective into the challenges and the promise of post-secondary education, at both private elite and large public institutions. She has several workshops on topics including applying for college as a STEM major, preparing successful graduate fellowship applications, and how to achieve success in your career. Over the years, Dr. Brown has helped several students gain acceptance into the top schools in the country and receive more than $200,000 in scholarships. Using a highly relatable but practical approach, Dr. Brown gives people the tools to achieve success their STEM pursuits.
Lola obtained her bachelor of science from Brown University in biology, and took her master of science from the joint department of biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. She went on to complete her PhD in biochemistry as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Immediately following the completion of her PhD, Dr. Brown conducted postdoctoral research at Yale University. She is a board member of the President's Advisory Council on the College for Brown University, and The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is a previous recipient of the Apex Society's Power 30 Under 30 Award for her science outreach efforts.
LOLA'S SCIENCE CORNER
FDA APPROVES CAR-T GENE THERAPY. The life science sector is talking non-stop about recent FDA approval of the first a gene therapy in the United States. Novartis, the maker of kymirah, will be used to treat people with leukemia (specifically acute lymphoblastic leukemia). They are using a technology called CAR-T, which is an immunotherapy. This work will very likely bring in a whole new wave of similar types of therapies. Novartis created a great video describing their work. Enjoy!
EMERGING FIELD. We all know we get our DNA from our parents, and this genetic code is what makes you have your mother's eyes and your father's chin. An emerging field of research is showing that not only can you inherit physical attributes from your parents, you can inherit their behavior- a thirst for reading, addiction to chocolate, or a dislike for pickles. Take a look at the video to understand how this is possible. Incredibly cool!
RESEARCH INSIGHTS. I'm often asked "I have an idea, but I don't know if it's a good project." That can be a difficult question to answer, but I came across this video that helps you develop a strong research question. This can also be useful for graduate students that are applying for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship or other graduate fellowships.
HE MUST BE AN ONLY CHILD. For anyone that knows me, I am fascinated with 2 things- twins and birth order. Whenever I'm around people and pick up a characteristic about them, I try to guess (out loud or in my head) what birth order they are. This is more of a social science topic, but interesting none the less! Take a look at the is video- does your birth order align with the personality types described?
NEW TECHNOLOGY. There is a new technology coming out that will allow scientists to change the change specific parts of DNA to correct mutations. It's a very exciting technology! Astra Zenica put out a video describing how this technology, called CRISPR (pronounced 'crisper') works.
SCIENCE EXPERIMENT. Here is a quick, fun DNA isolation experiment thatI really enjoy doing with some of my middle and even high school students. This is the best video I could find on the most simple way to do the experiment, but I think can do a better one... stay tuned! Quick note: instead of using SDS in the video, you can use Lemon Joy dishsoap- it works exactly the same! ;-)