Department of Pathology News

Dr. Joan W. Berman Awarded Basic Science Mentor

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Joan Berman
Dr. Joan W. Berman, PhD, has been awarded basic science mentor for her contributions in mentoring Einstein faculty in their career development. The award was presented on Tuesday, December 10, by Dr. Allen M. Spiegel, the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean, and Dr. Genevieve S. Neal-Perry, associate dean for diversity mentoring at the sixth annual Faculty Mentoring Awards, held at the Block Building’s Lubin Dining Hall. Drs. Laurie Bauman, Professor of Pediatrics and director of the Preventive Intervention Research Center, and Liise-anne Pirofski, Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology & Immunology, and chief of the division of infectious diseases, each received an award for clinical science mentor.

Dr. Berman, whose lab examines mechanisms that mediate the pathogenesis of NeuroAIDS, has mentored more than 60 PhD, MD/PhD and medical students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty. Many of her mentees have received K awards and have gone on to successful academic independence and faculty appointments. She also directs mentoring programs for women in neurovirology and for senior women faculty at Brown University.

Dr. Berman is the senior faculty advisor of Einstein’s graduate division and the director of the graduate student program in experimental pathology at Einstein. She is the co-chair of the Medical Student Research Committee and the director of the translational research track of Einstein’s new medical student research program, Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR). She is on the Executive Boards of the International Society of Neurovirology and of the International Society of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. In 2012 she received the Women in Neuroscience Award. She has several NIH funded programs, and serves on numerous study sections and review boards. Read more.

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