Derek Braun

Professor/Biology Program Dir.
Science, Technology & Math

Derek Braun

Phone Numbers

202-651-5385 (V)

Email

derek.braun@gallaudet.edu

Location

Hall Memorial Building N449

Derek C. Braun, Ph.D. began teaching at Gallaudet in 1995 as an adjunct and has been tenure track since 2000.

As a graduate student, Dr. Braun was a NIH National Service Research Award (NRSA) fellow. His graduate research at the University of Maryland was on the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. He investigated and published on the genetics of its lipooligosaccharide antigenic variation. After graduation from the University of Maryland, Dr. Braun worked at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, from 2002 through 2006, where he studied signal transduction pathways important in cancer and pain. Dr. Braun was awarded a provisional patent for developing a fluorescent tool for high-throughput screening of potential anticancer drugs.

In 2006, Dr. Braun was selected to design and direct the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Gallaudet's first biological research laboratory. This new laboratory was built on renovated space on the 4th floor of the Hall Memorial Building (HMB). Undergraduate students and summer interns perform research in the laboratory alongside deaf faculty.

Dr. Braun has been involved in the honors program for many years and was a honors student while enrolled at Gallaudet. He has taught Honors Introductory Biology, a Honors seminar in Bioterrorism, a Honors interdisciplinary course with Dr. Tonya Stremlau on nutrition science and American food marketing entitled 'The American Diet', and has served as an advisor and second reader for Honors senior capstone projects

Dr. Braun teaches BIO 211 Genetics, BIO 221 Microbiology, BIO 321 Pathogenic Microbiology, and BIO 296 Research Experience, where undergraduate students receive course credit for performing genetics research with Dr. Braun.

In the laboratory, Dr. Braun currently leads the Genetics of Connexin 26 Deafness project and collaborates on the Cancer Research project. As one of the very few Deaf geneticists in the world, Dr. Braun was interviewed and featured in "Scientists with disabilities: Access in all areas" in Nature, "Science in Sign Language" in ASBMB Today, and in All in the Mind, a radio show by Australian Broadcasting Corp. He also presented at TEDxMidAtlantic 2013.

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