Lola Brown is a scientist, educator, and entrepreneur. She is the Assistant Dean of Academic Initiatives and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). In addition to her leadership role at CCNY, Dr. Brown has found time to reach out to her community and share her passion for science and engineering education. She had an academic enrichment business for middle and high school students specializing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and was a teacher at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. She has provided research mentorship and training to scores of undergraduate and graduate students throughout her career.
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. Immediately following the completion of her PhD, Dr. Brown began postdoctoral research in biomedical engineering at Yale University.
Her 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.
Lola was awarded the 2009 "30 Under 30" Award for her science outreach efforts. She is a board member of the President's Advisory Council on the College for Brown University and is an active member of the Yale Alumni Non-Profit Alliance.
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 Fellowships or UNCF Merck Graduate Research 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! ;-)